Definition of hippopotamus in English:

hippopotamus

Syllabification: hip·po·pot·a·mus
Pronunciation: /ˌhipəˈpätəməs
 
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noun (plural hippopotamuses or hippopotami /-ˌmī, -ˌmē/)

  • A large thick-skinned semiaquatic African mammal, with massive jaws and large tusks.
    • Family Hippopotamidae: the very large Hippopotamus amphibius, frequenting rivers and lakes, and the smaller pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis), frequenting forests near fresh water in West Africa
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    • Arriving in step with East African flora were the creatures of the East African savannas: gazelle, giant deer, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, wart hog.
    • The Cape Colony extended systematic protection to elephants, giraffes, hippopotami, buffalo, zebras, quaggas and antelopes in 1886.
    • Animals with relatively short distal bones, such as elephants and hippopotamuses, have more columnar legs and do little running.

Origin

Middle English: via Latin from Greek hippopotamos, earlier hippos ho potamios 'river horse' (from hippos 'horse', potamos 'river').

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