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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Newts and other rare reptiles are being stolen from ponds, and conservationists are worried that some species could die out altogether.
▪ A whole range of other reptiles were present in the Jurassic and Cretaceous; none of them are dinosaurs.
▪ They also eat the eggs of birds and other reptiles.
▪ This never seemed to happen to other diving reptiles such as the ichthyosaurs.
▪ The thick-shelled bivalves have greater lifespans than do other molluscs, and turtles and tortoises outlive other reptiles.
▪ Much maligned, the adder is our only venomous snake, feeding on other reptiles and small mammals.
▪ Both amphibians and reptiles are paralyzed by cold, and are therefore confined to the temperate zones and tropics.
▪ Eventually, they were eclipsed by the reptiles and much reduced in numbers.
▪ Hunting reptiles is nothing new to John Weber.
▪ In turn the later reptiles could diversify on land when they could lay eggs away from a watery environment.
▪ Similarly, the huge reptiles which dominated the land, sea, and even the air of the Cretaceous are all gone.
▪ The third is an immune system, used only by the descendants of reptiles.
▪ Under the microscope even the bone structure of these dinosaurs looks more like that of living mammals than cold-blooded reptiles.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Reptile \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.

  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.


Reptile \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.

    And dislodge their reptile souls From the bodies and forms of men.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "creeping or crawling animal," from Old French reptile (early 14c.) and directly from Late Latin reptile, noun use of neuter of reptilis (adj.) "creping, crawling," from rept-, past participle stem of repere "to crawl, creep," from PIE root *rep- "to creep, crawl" (cognates: Lithuanian replioju "to creep"). Used of persons of low character from 1749.\n

\nPrecise scientific use began to develop mid-18c., but the word was used as well at first of animals now known as amphibians, including toads, frogs, salamanders; separation of Reptilia (1835 as a distinct class) and Amphibia took place early 19c.; popular use lagged, and reptile still was used late 18c. with sense "An animal that creeps upon many feet" [Johnson, who calls the scorpion a reptile], sometimes excluding serpents.\n\nAnd the terrestrial animals may be divided into quadrupeds or beasts, reptiles, which have many feet, and serpents, which have no feet at all. [Locke, "Elements of Natural Philosophy," 1689]\n

\nAn inadvertent step may crush the snail\n
That crawls at ev'ning in the public path ;\n
But he that has humanity, forewarn'd,\n
Will tread aside, and let the reptile live.\n

[Cowper, "The Task," 1785]

\nThe Old English word for "reptile" was slincend, related to slink.

a. 1 Creeping; moving on the belly, or by means of small and short legs. 2 Grovelling; low; vulgar. n. 1 A cold-blooded vertebrate of the class ''Reptilia''. 2 (context figuratively English) A mean or grovelling person.


n. any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia including tortoises turtles snakes lizards alligators crocodiles and extinct forms [syn: reptilian]

Reptile (album)

Reptile is the fifteenth studio album by the British rock musician Eric Clapton. The album was produced by Eric Clapton with Simon Climie and is Clapton's first album to feature keyboard work by Billy Preston and background vocals by the Impressions. The album reached the Top 10 in 20 countries, topping the national album charts in three of them. In total, the album sold more than 2.5 million copies and gained several certification awards around the globe. To help promote album sales, music network VH1 streamed the album in full on TV.

Clapton presented the album on his Reptile World Tour in 2001.

Reptile (band)

Reptile ( Icelandic Risaeðlan) is a band from Iceland on the record label Bad Taste. Reptile is known for its over the top theatrics in their music, which combines pop with other instruments such as marimba, saxophone, banjo and violin. Their debut album Fame and Fossils was released in 1990. Reptile disbanded in 1992. Their label released a compilation CD called Efta! in 1996 under their Icelandic name, which includes newer songs recorded for a second album, earlier singles and b-sides and songs from Fame and Fossils.

Reptile (song)

"Reptile" is a song by Australian alternative rock band The Church. It was released as a single from their 1988 album Starfish, and the songwriting credits are given to all four members of the band.


Reptiles are tetrapod animals from the class Reptilia comprising today's turtles, crocodilians, snakes, amphisbaenians, lizards, tuatara, and their extinct relatives. The study of these traditional reptile groups, historically combined with that of modern amphibians, is called herpetology.

The earliest known proto-reptiles originated around 312 million years ago during the Carboniferous period, having evolved from advanced reptiliomorph tetrapods that became increasingly adapted to life on dry land. Some early examples include the lizard-like Hylonomus and Casineria. In addition to the living reptiles, there are many diverse groups that are now extinct, in some cases due to mass extinction events. In particular, the K–Pg extinction wiped out the pterosaurs, plesiosaurs, ornithischians, and sauropods, as well as many species of theropods (e.g. tyrannosaurids and dromaeosaurids), crocodyliforms, and squamates (e.g. mosasaurids).

Modern non-avian reptiles inhabit every continent with the exception of Antarctica (If birds are classed as reptiles, then all continents are inhabited.) Several living subgroups are recognized: Testudines ( turtles, terrapins and tortoises), approximately 400 species; Sphenodontia ( tuatara from New Zealand), 1 species; Squamata ( lizards, snakes, and worm lizards), over 9,600 species; Crocodilia ( crocodiles, gavials, caimans, and alligators), 25 species; and Aves ( birds), 10,000 species. Because some reptiles are more closely related to birds than they are to other reptiles (crocodiles are more closely related to birds than they are to lizards), many modern scientists prefer to make Reptilia a monophyletic grouping and so also include the birds, which today contain over 10,000 species.

Reptiles are tetrapod vertebrates, creatures that either have four limbs or, like snakes, are descended from four-limbed ancestors. Unlike amphibians, reptiles do not have an aquatic larval stage. Most reptiles are oviparous, although several species of squamates are viviparous, as were some extinct aquatic clades — the fetus develops within the mother, contained in a placenta rather than an eggshell. As amniotes, reptile eggs are surrounded by membranes for protection and transport, which adapt them to reproduction on dry land. Many of the viviparous species feed their fetuses through various forms of placenta analogous to those of mammals, with some providing initial care for their hatchlings. Extant reptiles range in size from a tiny gecko, Sphaerodactylus ariasae, which can grow up to to the saltwater crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, which may reach in length and weigh over .

Reptile (Mortal Kombat)

Reptile is a video game character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise. Created for Midway Games by John Tobias and Ed Boon, Reptile debuted in Mortal Kombat as a hidden boss and appeared in subsequent titles as a playable character, also appearing in the merchandise and other media related to the series.

Reptile is a Raptor, a nearly-extinct bipedal humanoid race of reptilian creatures and loyally serves the series' recurring villain Shao Kahn in hope that his race will be revived. Reptile has been featured in almost every title in the series under the same pretenses, and until the 2011 reboot, he had yet to be rewarded for his efforts. Critical reception to the character has been positive, with many print and online publications commenting on his evolution since his debut as a hidden character.

Reptile (disambiguation)

A reptile is an animal of the taxonomic class Reptilia, including crocodilians, snakes, lizards and turtles.

Reptile or Reptilia may also refer to:

  • The Reptile, a 1966 film directed by John Gilling
  • Reptile (Mortal Kombat), a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat video game series
  • Reptiles (M. C. Escher), a lithograph print by M. C. Escher
  • Reptiles (magazine), a pet-hobby magazine
  • Reptilia (manga), a Japanese horror manga
  • Reptilia (zoo), a Canadian reptile zoo
  • Reptilia, a novel by Thomas Thiemeyer

In music:

  • Reptile (band) (Risaeðlan), an Icelandic band
  • Reptile (album), an album by Eric Clapton
  • "Reptile" (song), a song by The Church
  • "Reptilia" (song), a song by The Strokes
  • "Reptile", a song by Dimmu Borgir from Spiritual Black Dimensions
  • "Reptile", a song by Nine Inch Nails from The Downward Spiral
  • "Reptile", a song by Skrillex from Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired By The Warriors
Reptile (software)

Reptile is a distributed content syndication and management software with privacy protection, written by the co-creator of the Jakarta Project's Jetspeed software. It's designed to allow users to securely find, share, publish and subscribe to web-based content.

It's written in Java and XML, and has an extensible architecture integrating several web and peer-to-peer technologies, with a Hypersonic SQL (hsql) back-end database for content exchange and search engines.

Reptile runs within the Apache Tomcat servlet container and offers support for Open Content Syndication (OCS), Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT), all versions of RDF Site Summary (RSS), Sierra Reputation Management Framework (RMF), public key authentication, and Structured Query Language (SQL) result to XML serialization, with JDOM and Xalan extensions. It supports P2P networks including Freenet, Gnutella, Jabber and Project Juxtapose ( JXTA).

The software is distributed under both the GNU General Public License (GPL) and the Berkeley Software Distribution licenses (BSD).

Usage examples of "reptile".

Arizona and Australia established expressly for storing antivenins from exotic and deadly reptiles like the King Cobra and Tiger Snakes.

Recent work shows that these reptiles are more closely related to archosaurs and may be included in a larger assemblage called the archosauromorphs.

The next room was filled with avian and reptile eggs, and then the holograph vanished.

An inch-worm, perhaps, would be a better description, for it travelled in the same humpy way as that pleasing reptile.

It seems to me, I said, that the great additions which have been made by realism to the territory of literature consist largely in swampy, malarious, ill-smelling patches of soil which had previously been left to reptiles and vermin.

The reptile snapped its jaws once, tilted its head toward Mirt to deliver what he could only describe as a wink, and surged past the astonished moneylender to spit lighting into the open mouth of the beholder.

Seeing that a few members of such water-breathing classes as the Crustacea and Mollusca are adapted to live on the land, and seeing that we have flying birds and mammals, flying insects of the most diversified types, and formerly had flying reptiles, it is conceivable that flying-fish, which now glide far through the air, slightly rising and turning by the aid of their fluttering fins, might have been modified into perfectly winged animals.

Mammals, marsupials, monotremes, birds, reptiles, worms, insects, arachnids, crustaceans, planaria, nematodes, protists, fungi, even a horticultural center.

In his early twenties, Quaid had deep-set eyes with all the warmth of a reptile.

Additional features distinguishing dinosaurs from other reptiles include: the division of the vertebral column into several regions, a long and mobile neck, and at least three sacral vertebrae in contact with the pelvis.

Nipples and belly button on his scaled skin did not match what she knew about reptiles.

Feeling pleased with himself, he worked quickly with blister sherbet and some medicinal honey, then rubbed a toner cream into the massive, clawed reptile feet that had gone pink from irritation.

By far the most speciose group of largely aquatic reptiles of the latest Cretaceous of northeastern Montana is the turtles.

The stapes originated from one of die gill bars of the ancestral fishes, and is found in the ears of birds and reptiles as well as in those of mammals.

No obstacle intercepted their gaze, which swept the horizon in a semi-circle from the cape to Reptile End.