noun, plural hip·po·pot·a·mus·es, hip·po·pot·a·mi [hip-uh-pot-uh-mahy] /ˌhɪp əˈpɒt əˌmaɪ/.
Origin of hippopotamus
Related Words for hippopotamimammoth, elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, mastodon, hog, horse, cow, pig, swine, cattle, tapir, camel, deer, giraffe, llama, buffalo
Examples from the Web for hippopotami
Historical Examples of hippopotami
She was overjoyed; there were no comparisons with hippopotami in HER mind.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Hippopotami lay snorting unconcernedly in a stream that was crossed.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
There were six rivers to cross, full (says Isaaco) of alligators and hippopotami.
His thief object was to find a country frequented by hippopotami and giraffes.The Giraffe Hunters
There was no fear, no rivalry, and no enmity between them and the hippopotami.Tales of Space and Time
Herbert George Wells
noun plural -muses or -mi (-ˌmaɪ)
Word Origin for hippopotamus
1560s, from Late Latin hippopotamus, from Greek hippopotamus "riverhorse" (earlier ho hippos ho potamios "the horse of the river"), from hippos "horse" (see equine) + potamos "river, rushing water" (see potamo-). Replaced Middle English ypotame (c.1300), which is from the same source but via Old French. Glossed in Old English as sæhengest.
Ypotamos comen flyngynge. ... Grete bestes and griselich ["Kyng Alisaunder," c.1300]