Definition for REP'TILE


  1. An animal that moves on its belly, or by means of small short legs, as snakes, lizards, tortoises, and the like. In zoology, the reptiles constitute a class or order, including all such animals as are cold blooded, vertebrated, and breathe air; as tortoises, lizards, frogs, etc. Bell has separated the batrachians from this class, and arranges them under the denomination of Amphibia, because they breathe water in the tadpole state.
  2. A groveling or very mean person; a term of contempt.

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