Definitions for: Hippopotamus


[n] massive thick-skinned herbivorous animal living in or around rivers of tropical Africa



Webster (1913) Definition: Hip`po*pot"a*mus, n.; pl. E. Hippopotamuses, L.
Hippopotami. [L., from Gr.?; "i`ppos horse + ? river. Cf.
Equine.] (Zo["o]l.)
A large, amphibious, herbivorous mammal ({Hippopotamus
amphibius}), common in the rivers of Africa. It is allied to
the hogs, and has a very thick, naked skin, a thick and
square head, a very large muzzle, small eyes and ears, thick
and heavy body, and short legs. It is supposed to be the
behemoth of the Bible. Called also zeekoe, and {river
horse}. A smaller species (H. Liberiencis) inhabits Western
Africa.

Synonyms: hippo, Hippopotamus amphibius, river horse

See Also: artiodactyl, artiodactyl mammal, even-toed ungulate, genus Hippopotamus

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