- any of several large, thick-skinned, perissodactyl mammals of the family Rhinocerotidae, of Africa and India, having one or two upright horns on the snout: all rhinoceroses are endangered.
- Douay Bible. unicorn(def 4).
Origin of rhinoceros
Examples from the Web for rhinoceros
It surpasses the paintings of horses and rhinoceros from the Chauvet Cave in France by 400 years.The Oldest Cave Art May Not Be in Europe
October 9, 2014
South Africa is the most dangerous place in the world to be a rhinoceros.South Africa’s Great Rhino Airlift
August 17, 2014
This left them, in the end, with “rhinoceros” and “anthropoid.”
In and among the rest he inserted the words “rhinoceros” and “anthropoid.”
The rhinoceros, again looking pretty aimless and beaten down, was made—beautifully—of papier mache.How to Catch a Depressed Gorilla, Japanese-Style
February 6, 2014
Perhaps some aged or weak lion had not been permitted a share of that rhinoceros.
It did not need Mali-ya-bwana's whispered "faru" (rhinoceros) to identify the mound.
In the matter of rhinoceros and similar dangers, they simply took a chance.
The general aspect of the Rhinoceros is that of a hog in armor on a grand scale.
He has the constitution of a rhinoceros, the digestion of an ostrich, and the concentration of an oyster.Little Dorrit
- any of several perissodactyl mammals constituting the family Rhinocerotidae of SE Asia and Africa and having either one horn on the nose, like the Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), or two horns, like the African white rhinoceros (Diceros simus) They have a very thick skin, massive body, and three digits on each foot
Word Origin and History for rhinoceros
c.1300, from Latin rhinoceros, from Greek rhinokeros, literally "nose-horned," from rhinos "nose" (a word of unknown origin) + keras "horn" (see kerato-). Related: Rhinocerotic.
What is the plural of rhinoceros? ... Well, Liddell and Scott seem to authorize 'rhinocerotes,' which is pedantic, but 'rhinoceroses' is not euphonious. [Sir Charles Eliot, "The East Africa Protectorate," 1905]