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n. pl. rhinoceros or rhi·noc·er·os·es
Any of several large thick-skinned ungulate mammals of the family Rhinocerotidae, having one or two upright horns on the snout, and including the black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) of Africa, the Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) of India and Nepal, and the Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) and Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) of Southeast Asia.

[Middle English rinoceros, from Latin rhīnocerōs, from Greek rhīnokerōs : rhīno-, rhino- + keras, horn; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]
rhinoceros, rhinoceroses - Rhinoceros comes from Greek rhin-, "nose," and keras, "horn"; the correct plural is rhinoceroses.
See also related terms for horn.
References in classic literature ?
in one day's march with the bullock-waggons, he saw, without wandering to any great distance on either side, between one hundred and one hundred and fifty rhinoceroses, which belonged to three species: the same day he saw several herds of giraffes, amounting together to nearly a hundred; and that although no elephant was observed, yet they are found in this district.
is concerned, the ancient rhinoceroses might have roamed over the
And the sea is precisely their best vehicle, the only medium through which these giants (against which terrestrial animals, such as elephants or rhinoceroses, are as nothing) can be produced or developed.
Also, from the river, came a great grunting of rhinoceroses.
They knew the former schoolteacher was wanted in Zimbabwe for poaching rhinoceroses and selling their horns, which can command hundreds of thousands of dollars.
There were an estimated one million black rhinoceroses then and by 2001 this number dropped to just 2,300 black rhinos and we lost the western black rhinoceros forever.
With this, four rhinoceroses have been killed in Kaziranga this month and the animals' horns had been chopped off and stolen.
The fossil rhinoceroses from the Upper Siwaliks is scanty and goes back to Colbert (1935), who recognized two species from the Upper Siwaliks of Chandigarh in India.
The Hornless Rhinoceros" is a beautiful modern eco-fable about the rarest rhinoceroses in the world, who live in the rainforests of Indonesia under dire threat from poachers who kill them for their horn, which is used to make illegal and ineffective medicine.
Care for Wild Africa is a wildlife rehabilitation centre (the Centre) near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga that specializes in the nurturing of infant rhinoceroses that had lost their mothers due to poaching or injury.
ONE of the world's four remaining northern white rhinoceroses has died - leaving the species closer to extinction.
Zoologist Orenstein offers this concise and pointed overview of the phenomenon of ivory poaching, which has led to significant population reductions and even extinction for some species of rhinoceroses and elephants.