pachyderm

[ pak-i-durm ]
/ ˈpæk ɪˌdɜrm /

noun

any of the thick-skinned, nonruminant ungulates, as the elephant, hippopotamus, and rhinoceros.
an elephant.
a person who is not sensitive to criticism, ridicule, etc.; a thick-skinned person.

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Origin of pachyderm

1830–40; < New Latin Pachyderma, assumed singular of Pachydermata (plural) obsolete order name < Greek pachý(s) thick + -dérmata, neuter plural of -dermatos -skinned, adj. derivative of dermat-, stem of dérma skin, derma1

OTHER WORDS FROM pachyderm

pach·y·der·mal, pach·y·der·mous, pach·y·der·mic, pach·y·der·moid, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for pachydermic

  • Our blundering political system is pachydermic in its irresponsiveness.

    A Preface to Politics|Walter Lippmann
  • Perhaps the pachydermic Beef's grim attitude unnerved the wonderful Bob Forsythe, for he passed that elephantine youth.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior|J. Raymond Elderdice

British Dictionary definitions for pachydermic

pachyderm
/ (ˈpækɪˌdɜːm) /

noun

any very large thick-skinned mammal, such as an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus

Derived forms of pachyderm

pachydermatous, adjective

Word Origin for pachyderm

C19: from French pachyderme, from Greek pakhudermos thick-skinned, from pakhus thick + derma skin
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Scientific definitions for pachydermic

pachyderm
[ păkĭ-dûrm′ ]

Any of various large, thick-skinned mammals, such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
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