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 for alligator
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pine \Pine\, n. [AS. p[imac]n, L. pinus.]
     1. (Bot.) Any tree of the coniferous genus Pinus. See
        Pinus.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: There are about twenty-eight species in the United
           white+pine+({Pinus+Strobus">States, of which the white pine ({Pinus Strobus),
           Georgia+pine+({Pinus+australis">the Georgia pine ({Pinus australis), the red pine
           ({Pinus resinosa), and the great West Coast sugar
           pine ({Pinus Lambertiana}) are among the most
           valuable. The Scotch pine or fir, also called
           Norway+or+Riga+pine+({Pinus+sylvestris">Norway or Riga pine ({Pinus sylvestris), is the
           only British species. The nut pine is any pine tree,
           or species of pine, which bears large edible seeds. See
           Pinon.
           [1913 Webster] The spruces, firs, larches, and true
           cedars, though formerly considered pines, are now
           commonly assigned to other genera.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The wood of the pine tree.
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     3. A pineapple.
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     Ground pine. (Bot.) See under Ground.
  
     Norfolk Island pine (Bot.), a beautiful coniferous tree,
        the Araucaria excelsa.
  
     Pine barren, a tract of infertile land which is covered
        with pines. [Southern U.S.]
  
     Pine borer (Zool.), any beetle whose larv[ae] bore into
        pine trees.
  
     Pine finch. (Zool.) See Pinefinch, in the Vocabulary.
  
     Pine grosbeak (Zool.), a large grosbeak ({Pinicola
        enucleator), which inhabits the northern parts of both
        hemispheres. The adult male is more or less tinged with
        red.
  
     Pine lizard (Zool.), a small, very active, mottled gray
        lizard ({Sceloporus undulatus), native of the Middle
        States; -- called also swift, brown scorpion, and
        alligator.
  
     Pine marten. (Zool.)
        (a) A European weasel ({Mustela martes), called also
            sweet marten, and yellow-breasted marten.
        (b) The American sable. See Sable.
  
     Pine moth (Zool.), any one of several species of small
        tortricid moths of the genus Retinia, whose larv[ae]
        burrow in the ends of the branchlets of pine trees, often
        doing great damage.
  
     Pine mouse (Zool.), an American wild mouse ({Arvicola
        pinetorum), native of the Middle States. It lives in pine
        forests.
  
     Pine needle (Bot.), one of the slender needle-shaped leaves
        of a pine tree. See Pinus.
  
     Pine-needle wool. See Pine wool (below).
  
     Pine oil, an oil resembling turpentine, obtained from fir
        and pine trees, and used in making varnishes and colors.
        
  
     Pine snake (Zool.), a large harmless North American snake
        ({Pituophis melanoleucus). It is whitish, covered with
        brown blotches having black margins. Called also bull
        snake. The Western pine snake ({Pituophis Sayi}) is
        chestnut-brown, mottled with black and orange.
  
     Pine tree (Bot.), a tree of the genus Pinus; pine.
  
     Pine-tree money, money coined in Massachusetts in the
        seventeenth century, and so called from its bearing a
        figure of a pine tree. The most noted variety is the pine
        tree shilling.
  
     Pine weevil (Zool.), any one of numerous species of weevils
        whose larv[ae] bore in the wood of pine trees. Several
        species are known in both Europe and America, belonging to
        the genera Pissodes, Hylobius, etc.
  
     Pine wool, a fiber obtained from pine needles by steaming
        them. It is prepared on a large scale in some of the
        Southern United States, and has many uses in the economic
        arts; -- called also pine-needle wool, and pine-wood
        wool.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  alligator \al"li*ga`tor\, v. i. & t. [Because of the resemblance
     to the pattern on the skin of an alligator.]
     to form shallow cracks in a reticulated pattern on the
     surface, or in a coating on the surface, of an object.
     [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Alligator \Al"li*ga`tor\, n. [Sp. el lagarto the lizard (el
     lagarto de Indias, the cayman or American crocodile), fr. L.
     lacertus, lacerta, lizard. See Lizard.]
     1. (Zool.) A large carnivorous reptile of the Crocodile
        family, peculiar to America. It has a shorter and broader
        snout than the crocodile, and the large teeth of the lower
        jaw shut into pits in the upper jaw, which has no marginal
        notches. Besides the common species of the southern United
        States, there are allied species in South America.
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     2. (Mech.) Any machine with strong jaws, one of which opens
        like the movable jaw of an alligator; as,
        (a) (Metal Working) a form of squeezer for the puddle
            ball.;
        (b) (Mining) a rock breaker;
        (c) (Printing) a kind of job press, called also alligator
            press.
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     Alligator apple (Bot.), the fruit of the Anona palustris,
        a West Indian tree. It is said to be narcotic in its
        properties. --Loudon.
  
     Alligator fish (Zool.), a marine fish of northwestern
        America ({Podothecus acipenserinus).
  
     Alligator gar (Zool.), one of the gar pikes ({Lepidosteus
        spatula) found in the southern rivers of the United
        States. The name is also applied to other species of gar
        pikes.
  
     Alligator pear (Bot.), a corruption of Avocado pear. See
        Avocado.
  
     Alligator snapper, Alligator tortoise, Alligator turtle
        (Zool.), a very large and voracious turtle ({Macrochelys
        lacertina) inhabiting the rivers of the southern United
        States. It sometimes reaches the weight of two hundred
        pounds. Unlike the common snapping turtle, to which the
        name is sometimes erroneously applied, it has a scaly head
        and many small scales beneath the tail. This name is
        sometimes given to other turtles, as to species of
        Trionyx.
  
     Alligator wood, the timber of a tree of the West Indies
        ({Guarea Swartzii).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hellbender \Hell"bend`er\, n. (Zool.)
     A large North American aquatic salamander ({Protonopsis
     horrida or Menopoma Alleghaniensis). It is very voracious
     and very tenacious of life. Also called alligator, and
     water dog.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  alligator
      n 1: leather made from alligator's hide
      2: either of two amphibious reptiles related to crocodiles but
         with shorter broader snouts [syn: alligator, gator]
      v 1: crack and acquire the appearance of alligator hide, as from
           weathering or improper application; of paint and varnishes

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  ALLIGATOR, n.  The crocodile of America, superior in every detail to
  the crocodile of the effete monarchies of the Old World.  Herodotus
  says the Indus is, with one exception, the only river that produces
  crocodiles, but they appear to have gone West and grown up with the
  other rivers.  From the notches on his back the alligator is called a
  sawrian.
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Alligator, MS -- U.S. town in Mississippi
     Population (2000):    220
     Housing Units (2000): 81
     Land area (2000):     0.983645 sq. miles (2.547629 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.058381 sq. miles (0.151206 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1.042026 sq. miles (2.698835 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            00940
     Located within:       Mississippi (MS), FIPS 28
     Location:             34.088482 N, 90.720690 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     38720
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Alligator, MS
      Alligator
  

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