hippopotamus definition

  • noun:
    • a sizable, chiefly aquatic African herbivorous mammal (Hippopotamus amphibius) having thick, dark, nearly hairless skin, quick feet with four toes, and a broad, wide-mouthed muzzle. Also called river-horse.
    • The pygmy hippopotamus.
    • A large, semi-aquatic, herbivorous (plant-eating) African mammal (Hippopotamus amphibius) that uses all of the time surviving in water, but occurs to land during the night to feed. Of all of the residing land pets, just the rhinoceros and elephant are bigger.
    • a big, amphibious, herbivorous mammal (Hippopotamus amphibius), typical into the streams of tropical Africa. It is allied toward hogs, and has now a very dense, nude epidermis, a thick and square head, a tremendously large muzzle, small eyes and ears, thick and hefty human anatomy, and quick legs. It is said to be the behemoth associated with Bible. Called also zeekoe, and river horse. An inferior species (Hippopotamus Liberiencis) inhabits Western Africa.
    • An omnivorous ungulate pachydermatous mammal of this genus Hippopotamus or household Hippopotamidæ.
    • [capitalized] [NL.] The standard genus of Hippopotamidæ, characterized by the presence of just four lower incisors. H. amphibius may be the just lifestyle species.
    • massive thick-skinned herbivorous animal living in or around rivers of tropical Africa

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