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rhinoceros

[rahy-nos-er-uh s]
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noun, plural rhi·noc·er·os·es, (especially collectively) rhi·noc·er·os.
  1. 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.
  2. Douay Bible. unicorn(def 4).
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Origin of rhinoceros

1300–50; Middle English rinoceros < Late Latin rhīnoceros < Greek rhīnókerōs, equivalent to rhīno- rhino- + -kerōs -horned, adj. derivative of kéras horn (of an animal)
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Related Words for rhinoceros

mammoth, elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, mastodon, hog, horse, cow, pig, swine, cattle, tapir, camel, deer, giraffe, llama, buffalo

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Historical Examples of rhinoceros

  • It did not need Mali-ya-bwana's whispered "faru" (rhinoceros) to identify the mound.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Perhaps some aged or weak lion had not been permitted a share of that rhinoceros.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • In the matter of rhinoceros and similar dangers, they simply took a chance.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • 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

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for rhinoceros

rhinoceros

noun plural -oses or -os
  1. 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
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Derived Formsrhinocerotic (ˌraɪnəʊsɪˈrɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for rhinoceros

C13: via Latin from Greek rhinokerōs, from rhis nose + keras horn
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Word Origin and History for rhinoceros

n.

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]
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