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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 ?
He and the lions had been making so much noise that neither could hear anything above their concerted bedlam, and so it was that Tarzan did not hear the great bulk bearing down upon him from behind until an instant before it was upon him, and then he turned to see Buto, the rhinoceros, his little, pig eyes blazing, charging madly toward him and already so close that escape seemed impossible; yet so perfectly were mind and muscles coordinated in this unspoiled, primitive man that almost simultaneously with the sense perception of the threatened danger he wheeled and hurled his spear at Buto's chest.
It must have been as large as a rhinoceros: in the structure of its head it comes according to Mr.
In this same island we saw the rhinoceros, an animal which is smaller than the elephant and larger than the buffalo.
In Abyssinia is likewise found the rhinoceros, a mortal enemy to the elephant.
Simultaneously Buto, the rhinoceros, scrambled to his short legs and charged furiously.
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.
--["A Koorbash is Arabic for cowhide, the cow being a rhinoceros.
There, spread forth, without regard to order--indeed, we may say, in charming disorder--are the showy stuffs, the glass beads, the ivory tusks, the rhinoceros'-teeth, the shark's-teeth, the honey, the tobacco, and the cotton of these regions, to be purchased at the strangest of bargains by customers in whose eyes each article has a price only in proportion to the desire it excites to possess it.
Just before making camp we were charged by an enormous woolly rhinoceros, which Plesser dropped with a perfect shot.
Here Buto, the rhinoceros, blundered blindly in his solitary majesty, while by night the great cats paced silently upon their padded feet beneath the dense canopy of overreaching trees toward the broad plain beyond, where they found their best hunting.
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. After that his greed for this axe entered into Umslopogaas more and more, till at length he scarcely could sleep for thinking of it, and to Galazi he spoke of little else, wearying him much with his talk, for Galazi loved silence.
Yes, shy men, like ugly women, have a bad time of it in this world, to go through which with any comfort needs the hide of a rhinoceros. Thick skin is, indeed, our moral clothes, and without it we are not fit to be seen about in civilized society.