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hippo

[ hip-oh ]
/ ˈhɪp oʊ /
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noun, plural hip·pos.Informal.

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Origin of hippo

By shortening

Definition for hippo (2 of 3)

Hippo
[ hip-oh ]
/ ˈhɪp oʊ /

noun

Definition for hippo (3 of 3)

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).
Also especially before a vowel, hipp-.

Origin of hippo-

<Greek: combining form of híppos; cognate with Latin equus,Old Irish ech,Old English eoh,Sanskrit aśvas,Lithuanian ašvà
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British Dictionary definitions for hippo

hippo
/ (ˈhɪpəʊ) /

noun plural -pos informal

short for hippopotamus
Southern African an armoured police car
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