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rhi·noc·er·os

 (rī-nŏs′ər-əs)
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

(raɪˈnɒsərəs; -ˈnɒsrəs)
n, pl -oses or -os
(Animals) any of several perissodactyl mammals constituting the family Rhinocerotidae of SE Asia and Africa and having either one horn on the nose, like the Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), or two horns, like the African white rhinoceros (Diceros simus) They have a very thick skin, massive body, and three digits on each foot
[C13: via Latin from Greek rhinokerōs, from rhis nose + keras horn]
rhinocerotic adj

rhi•noc•er•os

(raɪˈnɒs ər əs)

n., pl. -os•es, (esp. collectively) -os.
any of several large, thick-skinned, plant-eating mammals of the family Rhinocerotidae, of Africa and S and SE parts of Asia, with one or two upright horns on the snout.
[1300–50; Middle English rinoceros < Latin rhīnoceros < Greek rhīnókerōs=rhīno- rhino- + -kerōs -horned]

rhi·noc·er·os

(rī-nŏs′ər-əs)
Any of several large African or Asian mammals having tough, mostly hairless skin, short legs with broad hooves, and one or two upright horns on the snout. Rhinoceroses are plant-eating animals.
Word History Two of the largest land mammals, the rhinoceros and hippopotamus, also have rather large names. These names, in fact, tell us something about the animals if we know how to figure it out. The rhinoceros's name comes from Greek and is formed from rhino-, meaning "nose," and keros, meaning "horn." A rhinoceros is thus a "nose-horn." Hippopotamus also comes from Greek and is made of the words hippos, "horse," and potamos, "river." A hippopotamus is therefore a "river horse". The name was invented because hippos spend most of their lives in rivers or other shallow bodies of water (although they are not horses).

rhinoceros

, rhinoceroses - Rhinoceros comes from Greek rhin-, "nose," and keras, "horn"; the correct plural is rhinoceroses.
See also related terms for horn.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rhinoceros - massive powerful herbivorous odd-toed ungulate of southeast Asia and Africa having very thick skin and one or two horns on the snoutrhinoceros - massive powerful herbivorous odd-toed ungulate of southeast Asia and Africa having very thick skin and one or two horns on the snout
odd-toed ungulate, perissodactyl, perissodactyl mammal - placental mammals having hooves with an odd number of toes on each foot
Rhinoceros antiquitatis, woolly rhinoceros - extinct thick-haired species of Arctic regions
Ceratotherium simum, Diceros simus, white rhinoceros - large light-grey African rhinoceros having two horns; endangered; sometimes placed in genus Diceros
black rhinoceros, Diceros bicornis - African rhino; in danger of extinction
Translations
كَرْكَدَن، وحيد القَرْن
носорог
nosorožec
næsehorn
sarvikuono
nosorog
orrszarvúrinocérosz
nashyrningur
rhinoceros
raganosis
degunradzis
nosorožec
nosorog
noshörning

rhinoceros

[raɪˈnɒsərəs] N (rhinoceros or rhinoceroses (pl)) → rinoceronte m

rhinoceros

[raɪˈnɒsərəs] nrhinocéros mrhinoceros horn rhino horn ncorne f de rhinocéros

rhinoceros

nNashorn nt, → Rhinozeros nt

rhinoceros

[raɪˈnɒsrs] nrinoceronte m

rhinoceros

(raiˈnosərəs) plurals rhiˈnoceroses ~rhiˈnoceros noun
a type of large thick-skinned animal with one or two horns on its nose.
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RHINOCEROUS horns, elephant tusks and hippopotamus teeth worth up to PS2m were discovered by specially trained search dogs when police raided the home of a wouldbe trader in endangered animal parts.
Highlights from other research will include a hippo tooth from Trafalgar Square at a time the beasts swam in the Thames and the skull of a woolly rhinocerous from Peterbororough.
Among the animals and birds which the National Zoological Garden lost are Bonnet Macaque, Indian Rhinocerous, Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Lion, Emu, Spoonbill and Monitor Lizard.
To this effect, it has become pertinent to investigate the infestation effect of Dermestes maculatus on the nutritional composition of two selected edible insects Oryctes boas and Rhynchophorus phoenics larvae, commonly known as Rhinocerous beetle larvae and Snout beetle larvae, respectively, having been observed to be a major source of protein like fish and other animal meat.