Crocodile bird(Zoöl.), an African plover (Pluvianus ægypticus) which alights upon the crocodile and devours its insect parasites, even entering its open mouth (according to reliable writers) in pursuit of files, etc.; — called also Nile bird. It is the trochilos of ancient writers.Crocodile tears, false or affected tears; hypocritical sorrow; — derived from the fiction of old travelers, that crocodiles shed tears over their prey.

(||Croc`o*dil"i*a) n. pl. [NL., fr. L. crocodilus crocodile.] (Zoöl.) An order of reptiles including the crocodiles, gavials, alligators, and many extinct kinds.

(Croc`o*dil"i*an) a. (Zoöl.) Like, or pertaining to, the crocodile; characteristic of the crocodile.n. One of the Crocodilia.

(Croc`o*dil"i*ty) n. (Logic) A caption or sophistical mode of arguing. [R.]

(Cro"cois*ite) n. [Cf. F. crocose.] (Min.) Same as Crocoite.

(Cro"co*ite) n. [Gr. saffron.] (Min.) Lead chromate occuring in crystals of a bright hyacinth red color; — called also red lead ore.

(Cro"con*ate) n. (Chem.) A salt formed by the union of croconic acid with a base.

(Cro*con"ic) a. [Gr. saffron.]

1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling saffron; having the color of saffron; as, croconic acid.

2. Pertaining to, or derived from, croconic acid.

(Crock), v. t. To lay up in a crock; as, to crock butter. Halliwell.

(Crock"er) n. A potter. [Obs.] Wyclif.

(Crock"er*y) n. [From Crock an earthen vessel.] Earthenware; vessels formed of baked clay, especially the coarser kinds.

(Crock"et) n. [OF. croquet, F. crochet, dim. of croc hook. See Crook, and cf. Crotchet.]

1. (Arch.) An ornament often resembling curved and bent foliage, projecting from the sloping edge of a gable, spire, etc.

2. A croche, or knob, on the top of a stag's antler.

The antlers and the crockets.
W. Black.

(Crock"et*ed), a. (Arch.) Ornamented with crockets.

(Crock"et*ing), n. (Arch.) Ornamentation with crockets. Ruskin.

(Crock"y) a. [From Crock soot.] Smutty.

(Croc"o*dile) n. [L. crocodilus, Gr. : cf. F. crocodile. Cf. Cookatrice.]

1. (Zoöl.) A large reptile of the genus Crocodilus, of several species. They grow to the length of sixteen or eighteen feet, and inhabit the large rivers of Africa, Asia, and America. The eggs, laid in the sand, are hatched by the sun's heat. The best known species is that of the Nile (C. vulgaris, or C. Niloticus). The Florida crocodile (C. Americanus) is much less common than the alligator and has longer jaws. The name is also sometimes applied to the species of other related genera, as the gavial and the alligator.

2. (Logic) A fallacious dilemma, mythically supposed to have been first used by a crocodile.

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