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Crocodile tears

Sir, — This refers to the usage `crocodile tears.' A crocodile cannot shed tears, as it has no tear ducts. The idiom of course derives from the fact that when the animal swallows its prey, there is effusion of water along its eyes as the glands that aid moisture of its eyes are situated near the throat. The act of swallowing pushes out water via its eyes.

N. Dharmeshwaran,

Bangalore

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