alligator /ˈalɪɡeɪtə/

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I. noun

1. a large semiaquatic reptile similar to a crocodile but with a broader and shorter head, native to the Americas and China.

●Genus Alligator, family Alligatoridae, order Crocodylia: the American alligator ( A. mississippiensis) and the Chinese alligator ( A. sinensis).
2. [ mass noun] the skin of the alligator or material resembling it.
– origin late 16th cent.: from Spanish el lagarto ‘the lizard’, probably based on Latin lacerta.

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