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noun, plural rhi·nos, (especially collectively) rhi·no.
  1. a rhinoceros.
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Origin of rhino1

First recorded in 1880–85; by shortening


noun Chiefly British Slang.
  1. money; cash.
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Origin of rhino2

First recorded in 1680–90; origin uncertain


  1. a combining form meaning “nose,” used in the formation of compound words: rhinology.
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Also especially before a vowel, rhin-.

Origin of rhino-

< Greek rhīno-, combining form of rhī́s (stem rhīn-)
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  • "The lions have found that rhino," remarked Kingozi indifferently.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • A man with nothing against him has a chance; with the rhino he has it, even if he's guilty.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • The rhino was feeding tsetse as he dozed in the high swamp-grass.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • You know when we left the Alert we had plenty of rhino in our pockets.

    Select Temperance Tracts

    American Tract Society

  • From there he charged; and you cannot imagine the velocity of a rhino's charge.

    The Grain Ship

    Morgan Robertson

British Dictionary definitions for rhino


noun plural -nos or -no
  1. short for rhinoceros
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  1. British a slang word for money
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Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin


before a vowel rhin-

combining form
  1. indicating the nose or nasalrhinology
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Word Origin

from Greek rhis, rhin
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Word Origin and History for rhino


short for rhinoceros, 1884. As slang for "cash" (also rino) 1680s, of unknown origin. Hence cant rhinocerial "rich" [Grose, 1788].

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before vowels rhin-, word-forming element meaning "nose, of the nose," from Greek rhino-, comb. form of rhis "nose," which is of uncertain origin.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rhino in Medicine


  1. Nose; nasal:rhinitis.
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