Origin of pachyderm
Examples from the Web for pachydermous
It was impossible to score an advantage over his stolid strength and pachydermous insensibility.The Fighting Edge|William MacLeod Raine
The unicorn of holy writ would appear rather to be a pachydermous creature, of great strength and formidable ferocity.Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China|Evariste Regis Huc
British Dictionary definitions for pachydermous
Word Origin for pachyderm
Word Origin and History for pachydermous
1838, from French pachyderme (c.1600), adopted as a biological term 1797 by French naturalist Georges Léopole Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert, Baron Cuvier (1769-1832), from Greek pachydermos "thick-skinned," from pachys "thick, large, massive," from PIE *bhengh- "thick, fat" (cf. Sanskrit bahu- "much, numerous" Avestan bazah- "height, depth," Hittite pankush "large," Old Norse bingr "heap," Old High German bungo "a bulb," Lithuanian biess "thick") + derma "skin" (see derma).