Reptile

Rep"tile

, n. 1. (Zol.) An animal that crawls, or moves on its belly, as snakes,, or by means of small, short legs, as lizards, and the like.
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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.
Cowper.
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2. (Zol.) One of the Reptilia, or one of the Amphibia.
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The amphibians were formerly classed with Reptilia, and are still popularly called reptiles, though much more closely allied to the fishes.
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3. A groveling or very mean person.
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