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hippopotamus

[ hip-uh-pot-uh-muhs ]
/ 藢h瑟p 蓹藞p蓲t 蓹 m蓹s /
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noun, plural hip路po路pot路a路mus路es, hip路po路pot路a路mi [hip-uh-pot-uh-mahy]. /藢h瑟p 蓹藞p蓲t 蓹藢ma瑟/.
a large herbivorous mammal, Hippopotamus amphibius, having a thick hairless body, short legs, and a large head and muzzle, found in and near the rivers, lakes, etc., of Africa, and able to remain under water for a considerable time.
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Origin of hippopotamus

1555鈥65; <Latin <Greek hippop贸tamos, earlier h铆ppos pot谩mios literally, riverine horse (term used by Herodotus in his account of the Egyptian hippopotamus); compare Middle English ypotame, ypotamos, ypotanus<Old French ypotame<Medieval Latin ypotamus

OTHER WORDS FROM hippopotamus

hip路po路po路tam路ic [hip-uh-puh-tam-ik], /藢h瑟p 蓹 p蓹藞t忙m 瑟k/, hip路po路po路ta路mi路an [hip-uh-puh-tey-mee-uhn], /藢h瑟p 蓹 p蓹藞te瑟 mi 蓹n/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hippopotamus

hippopotamus
/ (藢h瑟p蓹藞p蓲t蓹m蓹s) /

noun plural -muses or -mi (-藢ma瑟)
a very large massive gregarious artiodactyl mammal, Hippopotamus amphibius, living in or around the rivers of tropical Africa: family Hippopotamidae. It has short legs and a thick skin sparsely covered with hair
pigmy hippopotamus a related but smaller animal, Choeropsis liberiensis

Word Origin for hippopotamus

C16: from Latin, from Greek hippopotamos river horse, from hippos horse + potamos river
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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