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hip·po·pot·a·mus

 (hĭp′ə-pŏt′ə-məs)
n. pl. hip·po·pot·a·mus·es or hip·po·pot·a·mi (-mī′)
1. A large, chiefly aquatic African herbivorous mammal (Hippopotamus amphibius) having thick, dark, almost hairless skin, short legs with four toes, and a broad, wide-mouthed muzzle. Also called river horse.
2. The pygmy hippopotamus.

[Latin, from Greek hippopotamos : hippos, horse; see ekwo- in Indo-European roots + potamos, river; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

hippopotamus

(ˌhɪpəˈpɒtəməs)
n, pl -muses or -mi (-ˌmaɪ)
1. (Animals) a very large massive gregarious artiodactyl mammal, Hippopotamus amphibius, living in or around the rivers of tropical Africa: family Hippopotamidae. It has short legs and a thick skin sparsely covered with hair
2. (Animals) pigmy hippopotamus a related but smaller animal, Choeropsis liberiensis
[C16: from Latin, from Greek hippopotamos river horse, from hippos horse + potamos river]

hip•po•pot•a•mus

(ˌhɪp əˈpɒt ə məs)

n., pl. -mus•es, -mi (-ˌmaɪ)
a large African mammal, Hippopotamus amphibius, with a hairless, thick body and short legs, living in and alongside rivers.
[1555–65; < Latin < Greek hippopótamos, earlier híppos potámios literally, riverine horse (term used by Herodotus in his account of the Egyptian hippopotamus)]
hip`po•po•tam′ic (-pəˈtæm ɪk) hip`po•po•ta′mi•an (-ˈteɪ mi ən) adj.

hip·po·pot·a·mus

(hĭp′ə-pŏt′ə-məs)
A large, chiefly aquatic African mammal having a barrel-shaped body, thick skin, short legs with four toes, and a wide-mouthed muzzle. Because its skin loses water quickly when exposed to the air, the hippopotamus must spend the day in water. It feeds at night on land grasses. See Note at rhinoceros.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hippopotamus - massive thick-skinned herbivorous animal living in or around rivers of tropical Africahippopotamus - massive thick-skinned herbivorous animal living in or around rivers of tropical Africa
artiodactyl, artiodactyl mammal, even-toed ungulate - placental mammal having hooves with an even number of functional toes on each foot
genus Hippopotamus - type genus of the Hippopotamidae
Translations
فَرَس البَحْرفَرَسُ النَّهْر
хипопотам
hroch
flodhest
virtahepo
nilski konj
víziló
flóðhesturflóîhestur
カバ
하마
hippopotamus
hipopotamas
nīlzirgs
hroch
povodni konj
flodhäst
kiboko
ฮิปโปโปเตมัส
su aygırıhipopotam
con hà mã

hippopotamus

[ˌhɪpəˈpɒtəməs] N (hippopotamuses or hippopotami (pl)) [ˌhɪpəˈpɒtəmaɪ] Nhipopótamo/a m/f

hippopotamus

[ˌhɪpəˈpɒtəməs] [hippopotamuses] (pl) [hippopotami] [ˌhɪpəˈpɒtəmaɪ] (pl) nhippopotame m

hippopotamus

n pl <-es or hippopotami> → Nilpferd nt, → Flusspferd nt

hippopotamus

[ˌhɪpəˈpɒtəməs] n (hippopotamuses or hippopotami (pl)) [ˌhɪpəˈpɒtəmaɪ]ippopotamo

hippopotamus

(hipəˈpotəməs) noun
a large African animal with very thick skin living in or near rivers.

hippopotamus

فَرَسُ النَّهْر hroch flodhest Nilpferd ιπποπόταμος hipopótamo virtahepo hippopotame nilski konj ippopotamo カバ 하마 nijlpaard flodhest hipopotam hipopótamo гиппопотам flodhäst ฮิปโปโปเตมัส hipopotam con hà mã 河马
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