river horse


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

river horse


[Translation of Greek hippopotamos; see hippopotamus.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

river horse

n
(Animals) an informal name for the hippopotamus
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

riv′er horse`


n.
a hippopotamus.
[1595–1605]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.river horse - massive thick-skinned herbivorous animal living in or around rivers of tropical Africariver horse - massive thick-skinned herbivorous animal living in or around rivers of tropical Africa
artiodactyl, artiodactyl mammal, even-toed ungulate - placental mammal having hooves with an even number of functional toes on each foot
genus Hippopotamus - type genus of the Hippopotamidae
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations

river horse

n (fam) → ippopotamo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
The river horse, which lives only on grass and branches of trees, is satisfied with killing the men, but the crocodile being more voracious, feeds upon the carcases.
It is out of the idolatrous dotings of the old Egyptians upon broiled ibis and roasted river horse, that you see the mummies of those creatures in their huge bake-houses the pyramids.
For which creature is river horse an informal name?
Hippopotamus get their name from the ancient Greek word for "river horse," but they're more like a river monster.
"Nearly all 2800 cases of River Horse Hippolantern and 150 cases of Terrapin Pumpkinfest sold out in one day," he said.
Where hippos exist, generally there are also lots of natives, so it's easy to see why they get chomped by the river horse pretty frequently, but that's a far cry from making them an animal that is truly dangerous to hunt.
ANSWERS: 1 Israel; 2 The Colorado; 3 Radio 2; 4 Haggis; 5 Ludwig van Beethoven; 6 Chicago; 7 Tony Benn; 8 River horse; 9 Little Dorrit; 10 Blenheim.
The name of which animal means, in Greek, river horse?
BATTLE RIVER HORSE CLUB SPONSOR & VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION NIGHT
For the majority of Hollywood professionals, Sundance is a chance to schmooze over dinner at the River Horse, take advantage of endless media ops and practice their parallel turns.