noun (plural same or rhinoceroses)
A large, heavily built plant-eating mammal with one or two horns on the nose and thick folded skin, native to Africa and southern Asia. All kinds have become endangered through hunting.
- Family Rhinocerotidae: four genera and five species
More example sentences
- When the vessel was first discovered last year, it contained the leg bone of a tapir, a medium-size mammal related to both the horse and the rhinoceros.
- Rabinowitz hoped to find remaining pockets of additional charismatic fauna - elephants, tigers, and rhinoceroses - and to set up a biological reserve to protect them, but he soon learned that these large mammals had disappeared.
- O'Connell-Rodwell and her colleagues have also begun to study the nuances of elephant signals to distinguish them from the footsteps of rhinoceroses or lions.
Middle English: via Latin from Greek rhinokerōs, from rhis, rhin- 'nose' + keras 'horn'.
Definition of rhinoceros in:
- The British & World English dictionary