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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.
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]
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]
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.
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|Noun||1.||rhinoceros - 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
Ceratotherium simum, Diceros simus, white rhinoceros - large light-grey African rhinoceros having two horns; endangered; sometimes placed in genus Diceros
كَرْكَدَن، وحيد القَرْن
rhinoceros[raɪˈnɒsərəs] N (rhinoceros or rhinoceroses (pl)) → rinoceronte m
rhinoceros[raɪˈnɒs/ər/əs] n → rinoceronte m
rhinoceros(raiˈnosərəs) – plurals rhiˈnoceroses ~rhiˈnoceros – noun
a type of large thick-skinned animal with one or two horns on its nose. renoster كَرْكَدَن، وحيد القَرْن носорог rinoceronte nosorožec das Nashorn næsehorn ρινόκεροςrinoceronte ninasarvik کرگدن sarvikuono rhinocérosקרנף गेंडा nosorog orrszarvú badak nashyrningur rinoceronte さい 코뿔소 raganosis degunradzis badak sumbu neushoornneshornnosorożec كرګ (كركدن)،يو ښكرى غټ ځناور rinoceronte rinocer носорог nosorožec nosorog nosorog noshörning แรด gergedan 犀牛 носоріг گینڈا con tê giác 犀牛