Definition of Alligator

1. Noun. Leather made from alligator's hide.

Generic synonyms: Leather



2. Verb. Crack and acquire the appearance of alligator hide, as from weathering or improper application; of paint and varnishes.
Generic synonyms: Crack

3. Noun. Either of two amphibious reptiles related to crocodiles but with shorter broader snouts.

Definition of Alligator

1. n. A large carnivorous reptile of the Crocodile family, peculiar to America. It has a shorter and broader snout than the crocodile, and the large teeth of the lower jaw shut into pits in the upper jaw, which has no marginal notches. Besides the common species of the southern United States, there are allied species in South America.

Definition of Alligator

1. Noun. (obsolete) One who binds or ties. ¹

2. Noun. A large amphibious reptile with sharp teeth and very strong jaws related to the crocodile and native to the Americas and China. Informal short form: '''gator''' ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Alligator

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Medical Definition of Alligator

1. 1. A large carnivorous reptile of the Crocodile family, peculiar to America. It has a shorter and broader snout than the crocodile, and the large teeth of the lower jaw shut into pits in the upper jaw, which has no marginal notches. Besides the common species of the southern United States, there are allied species in South America. 2. A form of squeezer for the puddle ball; A kind of job press, called also alligator press. Alligator apple, a very large and voracious turtle (Macrochelys lacertina) in habiting the rivers of the southern United States. It sometimes reaches the weight of two hundred pounds. Unlike the common snapping turtle, to which the name is sometimes erroneously applied, it has a scaly head and many small scales beneath the tail. This name is sometimes given to other turtles, as to species of Trionyx. Alligator wood, the timber of a tree of the West Indies (Guarea Swartzii). Origin: Sp. El lagarto the lizard (el lagarto de Indias, the cayman or American crocodile), fr. L. Lacertus, lacerta, lizard. See Lizard. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Alligator

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alligator (current term)
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alligator snapper
alligator snapping turtle
alligator weed
alligator wrench
alligatored

Literary usage of Alligator

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1. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"Half-horse, half-alligator—contd. 1826 They claim to be the genuine and ... 1826 We found in New Orleans many boatmen, " half horse and half alligator. ..."

2. Memoirs of the Connecticut Academy of Arts & Sciences by Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, Yale University (1911)
"Vase with obscure alligator motives on lip and shoulder. ... Vase with small vertical loop-handles and the alligator motive as a shoulder decoration. ..."

3. Old Deccan Days: Or, Hindoo Fairy Legends Current in Southern India by Mary Frere, Bartle Frere (1898)
"Now it chanced that in this river there lived a great big alligator, who, ... At last, close to where the alligator was lying, among some tall bulrushes ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia of Sport by Frederick George Aflalo, Hedley Peek (1897)
"For beyond an ordinary acquaintance with the handling of a rifle, a boat, and the knife, the most enthusiastic alligator hunter cannot claim for his hobby ..."

5. Old Deccan Days: Or, Hindoo Fairy Legends Current in Southern India by Mary Eliza Isabella Frere, Bartle Frere (1868)
"Now it chanced that in this river there lived a great big alligator, who, ... At last, close to where the alligator was lying, among some tall bulrushes ..."

6. Journal of Morphology by Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology (1891)
"JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY THE HABITS AND EMBRYOLOGY OF THE AMERICAN alligator. SAMUEL FESSENDEN CLARKE. IN the fresh and brackish waters of some of the southern ..."

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