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river horse

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noun
  1. a hippopotamus.
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Origin of river horse

First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for river horse

Historical Examples

  • His name is Greek, and, as every one knows, signifies the River-horse.

    Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found

    Mayne Reid

  • I felt sure it would stick, but it must have astonished that river-horse.

  • It is just as inappropriate as that of “river-horse” (hippopotamus).

    The Vee-Boers

    Mayne Reid

  • It is only when his head is half-submerged that we can correctly designate him as a river-horse.

  • I saw the gigantic “river-horse,” wallowing through the flood, and dragging his clumsy body out upon the bank.

    Ran Away to Sea

    Mayne Reid


British Dictionary definitions for river horse

river horse

noun
  1. an informal name for the hippopotamus
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