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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.pachydermous - of or relating to or characteristic of pachyderms
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And the final fugue was a vivid and varied delight, with Falstaff earnestly lecturing his page that "tutto nel mondo e burla," then sweeping the little lad off his feet in a manege of pachydermous pirouettes.
The following examples, drawn from the full range of Banville's fiction, and arranged alphabetically, give a representative idea of what the reader may encounter: 'adipose, blastomere, borborygmic, canthus, flocculent, integument, nates, oedemic, pachydermous, pandiculation, popliteal, strabismic, strangury, villous'.
Particular parts of my anatomy (most ladies of a certain age will know exactly where) suggest elephants feature in my ancestry, because pachydermous springsinstantly to mind when I view them.