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1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a pachyderm.
2. Thick-skinned; insensitive.

[New Latin Pachydermata, obsolete order name; see pachyderm + -ous.]
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(ˌpæk ɪˈdɜr mə təs)

1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of pachyderms.
2. thick-skinned; insensitive: a pachydermatous indifference to insults.
[1815–25; < New Latin Pachydermat(a) (see pachyderm) + -ous]
pach`y•der′ma•tous•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pachydermatous - of or relating to or characteristic of pachyderms
2.pachydermatous - emotionally hardened; "a callous indifference to suffering"; "cold-blooded and indurate to public opinion"
insensitive - deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive; "insensitive to the needs of the patients"
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References in classic literature ?
The impressionable peasant leads a larger, fuller, more dramatic life than the pachydermatous king.
The resemblance, in the shape of the body and in the fin-like anterior limbs, between the dugong, which is a pachydermatous animal, and the whale, and between both these mammals and fishes, is analogical.
Eighthly, a tooth of a Pachydermatous animal, probably the same with the Macrauchenia, a huge beast with a long neck like a camel, which I shall also refer to again.