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reptile

Any cold‐blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia, which includes tortoises, turtles, snakes, lizards, alligators, and crocodiles. See also herpetofauna.

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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... Any of c .6,000 species of vertebrates distributed worldwide. Reptiles are cold-blooded. Most lay eggs on land. Some species - particularly snakes - carry eggs in the body and bear live young. The skin is dry with scales or embedded with bony plates. Limbs are poorly developed or non-existent. Those with limbs usually have five clawed toes on each foot. There are four orders: Chelonia ( turtles ); Rhynchocephalia ( tuatara ); Squamata (scaly reptiles such as snakes and lizards ); and Crocodilia ( alligators and crocodiles...

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A Dictionary of Ecology (5 ed.)

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... A member of a large and diverse class (Reptilia) of poikilothermic vertebrates, which arose in the Carboniferous from labyrinthodont amphibians (Labyrinthodontia). They were the dominant animals of the Mesozoic world and gave rise to the birds and mammals. Reptiles have a body covering of ectodermal scales, sometimes supported by bony plates (scutes). There is no gilled larval phase; development is by amniote egg, but ovovivipary is common. Reptiles are air-breathing from hatching onwards. There are about 10000 species on all continents except...

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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... Any poikilothermic , air-breathing vertebrate of the class Reptilia, which includes tortoises, turtles, snakes, lizards, crocodiles, tuatara, amphisbaenians, and their extinct relatives. There are more than 10 000 extant species, found on all continents except Antarctica. See also herpetofauna...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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2003
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... creeping animal XIV (rare before XVII); mean person XVIII. — (O)F. reptile or late L. (Vulg.) reptile n. of late L. reptilis , f. rept- , pp. stem of repere creep, crawl; see -ILE . Also adj. XVII. So reptilian, f. reptilia (zool.) XVII ( -IA 2...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2 ed.)

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2010
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... [LME] A mention of reptiles today conjures up a picture of snakes and lizards, but in the 14th century the word included other creatures. It comes from Latin repere ‘to crawl’ and was originally used for any creeping or crawling animal. The first use of reptile as an insulting term for a person is found in Henry Fielding 's Tom Jones ( 1749 ) ‘For a little reptile of a critic to presume to find fault with any of its parts…is a most presumptuous...

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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2011
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... n. [the skins used for many popular styles] ( US black ) in pl., shoes. 1983 R. Klein Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub....

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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... • tactile • pantile • erectile , insectile, projectile • gentile , percentile • reptile • sextile , textile • hairstyle • freestyle • fictile • epistyle • peristyle • acetyl • lifestyle • hostile • homestyle • butyl , futile, rutile, utile • ductile • fluviatile • infantile • decastyle • mercantile • cyclostyle • volatile • hypostyle • tetrastyle • hexastyle • versatile • fertile • turnstile • servile • meanwhile • erstwhile •...

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Pocket Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary: French-English (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2012
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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
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Pocket Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary: English-French (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2012
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Bilingual dictionaries
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Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary: English-Latin (3 ed.)

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries, Classical studies
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Pocket Oxford German Dictionary: English German (4 ed.)

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2012
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Pocket Oxford Irish Dictionary: English-Irish

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
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Bilingual dictionaries
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6 words
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Oxford Paperback Thesaurus (4 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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15 words
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Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary: English-Spanish (4 ed.)

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
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8 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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158 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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150 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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164 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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164 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
47 words

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