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Any of various large, thick-skinned, hoofed mammals such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.

[French pachyderme, from New Latin Pachydermata, former order name, from Greek pakhudermos, thick-skinned : pakhus, thick + derma, skin; see derma1.]

pach′y·der′mal, pach′y·der′mic, pach′y·der′mous adj.
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Adj.1.pachydermal - of or relating to or characteristic of pachyderms
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