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Meaning of REPTILE

Pronunciation:  'reptil

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia including tortoises turtles snakes lizards alligators crocodiles and extinct forms

REPTILE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: reptilian
 See Also: anapsid, anapsid reptile, class Reptilia, craniate, diapsid, diapsid reptile, Diapsida, Reptilia, subclass Diapsida, synapsid, synapsid reptile, vertebrate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rep"tile\ (r?p"t?l;277), a. [F. reptile, L. reptilis,
    fr. repere, reptum, to creep; cf. Lith. reploti; perh. akin
    to L. serpere. Cf. {Serpent}.]
    1. Creeping; moving on the belly, or by means of small and
       short legs.
    2. Hence: Groveling; low; vulgar; as, a reptile race or crew;
       reptile vices.
             There is also a false, reptile prudence, the result
             not of caution, but of fear.          --Burke.
             And dislodge their reptile souls From the bodies and
             forms of men.                         --Coleridge.
  2. \Rep"tile\, n.
    1. (Zo["o]l.) An animal that crawls, or moves on its belly,
       as snakes,, or by means of small, short legs, as lizards,
       and the like.
             An inadvertent step may crush the snail That crawls
             at evening in the public path; But he that has
             humanity, forewarned, Will tread aside, and let the
             reptile live.                         --Cowper.
    2. (Zo["o]l.) One of the Reptilia, or one of the Amphibia.
    Note: The amphibians were formerly classed with Reptilia, and
          are still popularly called reptiles, though much more
          closely allied to the fishes.
    3. A groveling or very mean person.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are attacked by a reptile, forewarns of a serious problem ahead for you. A friend will betray and slander you. Dreaming that you are handling a reptile without harm to yourself means that you are letting the ill humor and bitterness of your friends bring you down. You will eventually succeed in regaining their pleasant relations. Dreaming that you are bitten by a reptile means that you will lose your lover to a rival. Dreaming that a dead reptile comes to life, symbolizes that your old problems that you thought were resolved and settled will resurface again.