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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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(ˌpækɪˈdɜːmɪk) or


(Pathology) pathol having an abnormal thickening of the skin
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Adj.1.pachydermic - of or relating to or characteristic of pachyderms
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Towards this end, she isolates five endemic theoretical nodes of the Indian picturesque--its picaresque consumption of leisure in river voyages with their shifting frames and constructed spatial stereotypes, a kind of itinerant and local picturesque; its dream of alpine mountainscapes and vegetation, the Himalayan picturesque; the encounter with tropical excess, as of the forested grove of the banyan, the primordial picturesque; the symbolic exoticism of royal bodies, the bejewelled picturesque; and the tamed gigantism and exoticism of Indian wildlife, as in the elephant, the pachydermic picturesque.
I am amazed by the number of writings on the Senate, including Professor Tom Flanagan's, that don't even mention this pachydermic problem.