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Definition of "alligator" []

  • Either of two large reptiles, Alligator mississipiensis of the southeast United States or A. sinensis of China, having sharp teeth and powerful jaws. They differ from crocodiles in having a broader, shorter snout. (noun)
  • Leather made from the hide of one of these reptiles. (noun)
  • A tool or fastener having strong, adjustable, often toothed jaws. (noun)
  • A large crocodilian, Alligator mississipiensis, of the southern US, having powerful jaws and sharp teeth and differing from the crocodiles in having a shorter and broader snout: family Alligatoridae (alligators and caymans) (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A similar but smaller species, A. sinensis, occurring in China near the Yangtse River (noun)
  • Any crocodilian belonging to the family Alligatoridae (noun)
  • Any of various tools or machines having adjustable toothed jaws, used for gripping, crushing, or compacting (noun)

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Use "alligator" in a sentence
  • ""Well, old alligator, what's the time o 'day?" asked another man, bringing down a brawny paw, with a resounding thump, upon the Herculean shoulders of the first querist, thereby giving me the information that in the West _alligator_ is a designation of the _genus homo_; in fact, that it is customary for a man to address his fellow-man as "old alligator," instead of "old fellow.""
  • "_alligator_ is a designation of the _genus homo_; in fact, that it is customary for a man to address his fellow-man as “old alligator,” instead of “old fellow.”"
  • "LOL You know we hear the term "alligator arms" right?"