noun, plural hip·po·pot·a·mus·es, hip·po·pot·a·mi [hip-uh-pot-uh-mahy] /ˌhɪp əˈpɒt əˌmaɪ/.
Origin of hippopotamus
Examples from the Web for hippopotamus
I'm not the hippopotamus I think I am when I'm comparing myself to Blake Lively.
The hippopotamus has even been our instructor in one of the operations of medicine.Curious Creatures in Zoology|John Ashton
A hippopotamus was shot two miles above a bank on which the ship lay a fortnight: it floated in three hours.
After all, he says, the frog and the hippopotamus are happy.Gilbert Keith Chesterton|Patrick Braybrooke
British Dictionary definitions for hippopotamus
noun plural -muses or -mi (-ˌmaɪ)
Word Origin for hippopotamus
Word Origin and History 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]