Simple Definition of hippopotamus
: a large African animal that has an extremely large head and mouth and short legs and that spends most of its time in water
Full Definition of hippopotamus
plural hip·po·pot·a·mus·es or hip·po·pot·a·miplay \-ˌmī, -(ˌ)mē\
: 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
Origin of hippopotamus
Latin, from Greek hippopotamos, alteration of hippos potamios, literally, riverine horse
First Known Use: 1563
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