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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: cocodrille, from Latin crocodilus, from Greek, 'lizard, crocodile', from kroke 'small stone' + drilos 'worm'

crocodile

noun
     
crocodile
croc‧o‧dile
1 [countable]HBA a large reptile with a long mouth and many sharp teeth that lives in lakes and rivers in hot wet parts of the world [↪ alligator]
2 [uncountable]TI the skin of this animal, used for making things such as shoes:
a crocodile briefcase
3 [countable] British English a long line of people, especially school children, walking in pairs
4

crocodile tears

if someone sheds crocodile tears, they seem sad, sorry, or upset, but they do not really feel this way
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