AskDefine | Define hippopotamus

Dictionary Definition

hippopotamus n : massive thick-skinned herbivorous animal living in or around rivers of tropical Africa [syn: hippo, river horse, Hippopotamus amphibius] [also: hippopotami (pl)]

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English

Etymology

and hippopotamus < ἱπποπόταμος < ἵππος + ποταμός.

Pronunciation

Hip*po-po*-ta-mus
  • /ˌhɪpəˈpɒtəməs/
  • /%hIp@"pQt@m@s/

Noun

  1. A large, herbivorous (plant-eating) African mammal that spends most of the day living in water. (Hippopotamus amphibius)

Translations

large African mammal

Synonyms

Latin

Noun

hippopotamus, -ami
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