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rhi·noc·er·os

 (rī-nŏs′ər-əs)
n. pl. rhinoceros or rhi·noc·er·os·es
Any of several large thick-skinned ungulate mammals of the family Rhinocerotidae, having one or two upright horns on the snout, and including the black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) of Africa, the Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) of India and Nepal, and the Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) and Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) of Southeast Asia.

[Middle English rinoceros, from Latin rhīnocerōs, from Greek rhīnokerōs : rhīno-, rhino- + keras, horn; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]

rhinoceros

(raɪˈnɒsərəs; -ˈnɒsrəs)
n, pl -oses or -os
(Animals) any of several perissodactyl mammals constituting the family Rhinocerotidae of SE Asia and Africa and having either one horn on the nose, like the Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), or two horns, like the African white rhinoceros (Diceros simus) They have a very thick skin, massive body, and three digits on each foot
[C13: via Latin from Greek rhinokerōs, from rhis nose + keras horn]
rhinocerotic adj

rhi•noc•er•os

(raɪˈnɒs ər əs)

n., pl. -os•es, (esp. collectively) -os.
any of several large, thick-skinned, plant-eating mammals of the family Rhinocerotidae, of Africa and S and SE parts of Asia, with one or two upright horns on the snout.
[1300–50; Middle English rinoceros < Latin rhīnoceros < Greek rhīnókerōs=rhīno- rhino- + -kerōs -horned]

rhi·noc·er·os

(rī-nŏs′ər-əs)
Any of several large African or Asian mammals having tough, mostly hairless skin, short legs with broad hooves, and one or two upright horns on the snout. Rhinoceroses are plant-eating animals.
Word History Two of the largest land mammals, the rhinoceros and hippopotamus, also have rather large names. These names, in fact, tell us something about the animals if we know how to figure it out. The rhinoceros's name comes from Greek and is formed from rhino-, meaning "nose," and keros, meaning "horn." A rhinoceros is thus a "nose-horn." Hippopotamus also comes from Greek and is made of the words hippos, "horse," and potamos, "river." A hippopotamus is therefore a "river horse". The name was invented because hippos spend most of their lives in rivers or other shallow bodies of water (although they are not horses).

rhinoceros

, rhinoceroses - Rhinoceros comes from Greek rhin-, "nose," and keras, "horn"; the correct plural is rhinoceroses.
See also related terms for horn.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rhinoceros - massive powerful herbivorous odd-toed ungulate of southeast Asia and Africa having very thick skin and one or two horns on the snoutrhinoceros - massive powerful herbivorous odd-toed ungulate of southeast Asia and Africa having very thick skin and one or two horns on the snout
odd-toed ungulate, perissodactyl, perissodactyl mammal - placental mammals having hooves with an odd number of toes on each foot
Rhinoceros antiquitatis, woolly rhinoceros - extinct thick-haired species of Arctic regions
Ceratotherium simum, Diceros simus, white rhinoceros - large light-grey African rhinoceros having two horns; endangered; sometimes placed in genus Diceros
black rhinoceros, Diceros bicornis - African rhino; in danger of extinction
Translations
كَرْكَدَن، وحيد القَرْن
носорог
nosorožec
næsehorn
sarvikuono
nosorog
orrszarvúrinocérosz
nashyrningur
rhinoceros
raganosis
degunradzis
nosorožec
nosorog
noshörning

rhinoceros

[raɪˈnɒsərəs] N (rhinoceros or rhinoceroses (pl)) → rinoceronte m

rhinoceros

[raɪˈnɒsərəs] nrhinocéros mrhinoceros horn rhino horn ncorne f de rhinocéros

rhinoceros

nNashorn nt, → Rhinozeros nt

rhinoceros

[raɪˈnɒsrs] nrinoceronte m

rhinoceros

(raiˈnosərəs) plurals rhiˈnoceroses ~rhiˈnoceros noun
a type of large thick-skinned animal with one or two horns on its nose.
References in classic literature ?
They say the alligator, the rhinoceros, though enclosed in bullet-proof mail, have each a spot where they are vulnerable; and fierce, reckless, unbelieving reprobates, have commonly this point in superstitious dread.
Without venturing for Scrooge quite as hardily as this, I don't mind calling on you to believe that he was ready for a good broad field of strange appearances, and that nothing between a baby and rhinoceros would have astonished him very much.
At times, indeed, Umslopogaas would lurk in the reeds by the river looking at the kraal of Jikiza the Unconquered, and would watch the gates of his kraal, and once as he lurked he saw a man great, broad and hairy, who bore upon his shoulder a shining axe, hafted with the horn of a rhinoceros.
The rhinoceros fights with the elephant, and transfixing him with his horn carries him off upon his head, but becoming blinded with the blood of his enemy, he falls helpless to the ground, and then comes the roc, and clutches them both up in his talons and takes them to feed his young.
In Abyssinia is likewise found the rhinoceros, a mortal enemy to the elephant.
Hunter's cock-spur--possibly you have heard of that--flourished on the bull's neck; and the rhinoceros rats of the Algerian zouaves are also to be thought of,--monsters manufactured by transferring a slip from the tail of an ordinary rat to its snout, and allowing it to heal in that position.
I not only confess it, but am proud of it," returned the Gascon; "I'm not such a rhinoceros as you are.
Their flesh, in parts, hung upon them in huge folds, like the overlapping plaits on the flank of a rhinoceros.
These horsemen were a fraction of the watch: the groups were busy portions of the people, to whom a king is always a curious thing, the same as a rhinoceros, a crocodile, or a serpent.
Like a dado round the room was the jutting line of splendid heavy game-heads, the best of their sort from every quarter of the world, with the rare white rhinoceros of the Lado Enclave drooping its supercilious lip above them all.
Father Brown, touching other people, was as sensitive as a barometer; but today he seemed about as sensitive as a rhinoceros.
The Beast had a head like that of a rhinoceros, only there were five eyes in its face.