Reptile Rep"tile (r?p"t?l;277), a. [F. reptile, L. reptilis, fr. repere, reptum, to creep; cf. Lith. reploti; perh. akin to L. serpere. Cf. {Serpent}.] 1. Creeping; moving on the belly, or by means of small and short legs. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: Groveling; low; vulgar; as, a reptile race or crew; reptile vices. [1913 Webster]

There is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution, but of fear. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

And dislodge their reptile souls From the bodies and forms of men. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

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