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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Late Latin reptilis 'creeping', from Latin repere 'to creep'

reptile

noun
     
Related topics: Animals
rep‧tile [countable]
1HBA a type of animal, such as a snake or lizard, whose body temperature changes according to the temperature around it, and that usually lays eggs to have babies
2 informal someone who is unpleasant or cannot be trusted
reptilian adjective

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