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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

HIPPOPOT'AMUS, n. [Gr. a horse, and a river.] The river-horse, an animal that inhabits the Nile and other rivers in Africa. This animal resembles a hog rather than a horse, and was named perhaps from his neighing voice. He has been found of the length of 17 feet. He delights in the water, but feeds on herbage on land.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: massive thick-skinned herbivorous animal living in or around rivers of tropical Africa [syn: hippopotamus, hippo, river horse, Hippopotamus amphibius]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -muses or hippopotami) Etymology: Latin, from Greek hippopotamos, alteration of hippos potamios, literally, riverine horse Date: 1563 a very large herbivorous 4-toed chiefly aquatic artiodactyl mammal (Hippopotamus amphibius) of sub-Saharan Africa with an extremely large head and mouth, bare and very thick grayish skin, and short legs; also a smaller closely related mammal (Choeropsis liberiensis) of western Africa

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. hippopotamuses or hippopotami) 1 a large thick-skinned four-legged mammal, Hippopotamus amphibius, native to Africa, inhabiting rivers, lakes, etc. 2 (in full pigmy hippopotamus) a smaller related mammal, Choeropsis liberiensis, native to Africa, inhabiting forests and swamps. Etymology: ME f. L f. Gk hippopotamos f. hippos horse + potamos river

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Hippopotamus Hip`po*pot"a*mus, n.; pl. E. Hippopotamuses, L. Hippopotami. [L., from Gr.?; "i`ppos horse + ? river. Cf. Equine.] (Zo["o]l.) A large, amphibious, herbivorous mammal (Hippopotamus amphibius), common in the rivers of Africa. It is allied to the hogs, and has a very thick, naked skin, a thick and square head, a very large muzzle, small eyes and ears, thick and heavy body, and short legs. It is supposed to be the behemoth of the Bible. Called also zeekoe, and river horse. A smaller species (H. Liberiencis) inhabits Western Africa.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(hippopotamuses) A hippopotamus is a very large African animal with short legs and thick, hairless skin. Hippopotamuses live in and near rivers. N-COUNT

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

hip-o-pot'-a-mus (Job 41:1 margin).

See BEHEMOTH.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. River-horse.



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