Origin of hippo
- a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “horse” (hippodrome); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (hippology).
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Examples from the Web for hippo
I'd never heard of a hippo attacking repeatedly like this, but he clearly wanted me dead.
I swam towards Evans, but the hippo struck again, dragging me back under the surface.
I called her “Hippo Girl,” and as I berated her I felt negative attention shift from me to her.My Strange Passage From Suspected School Shooter to Prom Queen
January 28, 2013
A moment on the noise: the vuvuzela can only be described as a large animal — like a cow or a hippo — in labor.Gal With a Suitcase
July 10, 2010
He's got a bent-in nose, an' a lop ear, an' a jaw like a hippo.Shorty McCabe
What's the Hippo's weight got to do with our going over the edge?Andiron Tales
John Kendrick Bangs
And, as if this were not enough to complete the circus, the hippo and the rhino must get together.
With a mighty upheaval, he shook off the hippo and charged on the lion.
"Why, the evidence is all against you, Hippo," returned his boatmate.Motor Boat Boys Mississippi Cruise
- short for hippopotamus
- Southern African an armoured police car
Word Origin and History for hippo
short for hippopotamus, attested from 1872.
before vowels, hipp-, word-forming element meaning "horse," from Greek hippo-, from hippos "horse," from PIE *ekwo- (see equine).