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Crocodile tears is false or insincere weeping, a hypocritical display of emotions. The expression comes from an ancient anecdote that crocodiles weep in order to lure their prey, or that they cry for the victims they are eating. They are fake tears. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ... Hypocrisy is the act of condemning or calling for the condemnation of another person when the critic is guilty of the act for which he demands that the accused be condemned. ... Genera Crocodylus Osteolaemus Tomistoma A crocodile can be any of the 14 species of large, water-loving reptiles in the family Crocodylidae (sometimes classified instead as the subfamily Crocodylinae). ... Cry may refer to: The mammalian behavior that brings about tears Usually an expression of a sad emotion A song, from an album of the same name, released in 2002 by the band Simple Minds A single released in 2002 by American pop artist Mandy Moore This is a disambiguation...

An alternate explanation for the expression's origin is that crocodile tears cannot be authentic because crocodiles cannot cry; they lack tear ducts. Yet this is a myth: Crocodiles possess lacrimal glands which secrete a proteinaceous fluid, just like in humans, though tears will only be visible after a crocodile is out of the water for a prolonged period of time, and dries out. However, while crocodiles can and do generate tears, they do not weep or cry for remorse.[1] Tears trickling down the cheeks Lacrimation is the bodys process of producing tears, which are a liquid to clean and lubricate the eyes. ... For other uses, see Mythology (disambiguation). ... The lacrimal glands are paired glands, one for each eye, that secrete the aqueous layer of the tear film. ...

The expression was used by Shakespeare in Othello Act 4 Scene 1 Shakespeare redirects here. ... For other uses, see Othello (disambiguation). ...

O devil, devil!

If that the earth could teem with woman's tears,

Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile.

Out of my sight!

The Crocodile tears syndrome is an uncommon consequence of recovery from Bell's palsy where faulty regeneration of the facial nerve causes sufferers to shed tears while eating. The tear system. ... Bells palsy (or facial palsy) is characterised by facial drooping on the affected half, due to malfunction of the facial nerve (VII cranial nerve), which controls the muscles of the face. ... The facial nerve is the seventh (VII) of twelve paired cranial nerves. ...

In popular culture

In the 2004 romantic comedy, Along Came Polly, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a former child star who appeared in the fictional film Crocodile Tears. Philip Seymour Hoffman (born July 23, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ...

In 1986 Coventry band Crocodile Tears released their first album,'Crococodile Tears'. This has been followed by several other albums the most recent of which, 'Gullibles Travels' was released in 2006. For further information check out www.crocodiletears.info


  1. ^ Britton, Adam (n.d.). Do crocodiles cry 'crocodile tears'? Crocodilian Biology Database. Retrieved March 13, 2006 from the Crocodile Specialist Group, Crocodile Species List, FAQ.

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What are Crocodile Tears? (427 words)
At one point in history, however, it was believed that crocodiles did produce "crocodile tears" as they devoured their prey, particularly when the size of the prey exceeded the capacity of the crocodile.
Crocodile tears may appear real, but they are intended to be more manipulative than sincere.
Crocodiles were considered to be exotic creatures, rarely seen by the average citizen, but tales of their tear-shedding ways were fairly widespread.
Crocodile tears - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (197 words)
Crocodile tears is the false or insincere weeping, a hypocritical display of emotions.
An alternate explanation for the expression's origin is that crocodile tears cannot be authentic because crocodiles cannot cry; they lack tear ducts.
Crocodile tears can also be used to describe large raindrops (about a third of an inch in diameter).
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