[ pak-i-durm ]
/ ˈpæk ɪˌdɜrm /
any of the thick-skinned, nonruminant ungulates, as the elephant, hippopotamus, and rhinoceros.
a person who is not sensitive to criticism, ridicule, etc.; a thick-skinned person.
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
Related formspach·y·der·mal, pach·y·der·mous, pach·y·der·mic, pach·y·der·moid, adjective
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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
/ (ˈpækɪˌdɜːm) /
any very large thick-skinned mammal, such as an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus
Derived Formspachydermatous, adjective
Word Origin for pachyderm
C19: from French pachyderme, from Greek pakhudermos thick-skinned, from pakhus thick + derma skin
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Science definitions for pachydermous
[ păk′ĭ-dûrm′ ]
Any of various large, thick-skinned mammals, such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
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