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river horse

a hippopotamus.
Origin of river horse
First recorded in 1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • From the ivory of a river horse's tooth I had endeavoured to carve me a representative of Nais as last I had seen her.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • It was believed that the initiated could conjure up the river horse by shaking a magic bridle over the pool wherein it dwelt.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • He threw coils of the rope about the short legs of the "river horse" and down went the hippopotamus with a thud.

  • The river horse couches there among the bulrushes, and on a great granite throne sits the God Memnon.

    Oscar Wilde Arthur Ransome
  • The explosive balls had both flown true to the mark, invariably a fatal one in the case of the river horse.

    By Sheer Pluck G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for river horse

river horse

an informal name for the hippopotamus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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