black rhinoceros

noun

Definition of black rhinoceros

: a rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) of sub-Saharan Africa having a prehensile upper lip that protrudes in the middle

called also black rhino

Examples of black rhinoceros in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The world now has one more black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis). Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Baby Black Rhino Born at Michigan Zoo on Christmas Eve," 27 Dec. 2019 More than 600 elephants share the grasslands and floodplains with lions, leopards, and threatened black rhinoceroses. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Inside Prince Harry's efforts to preserve African parks," 30 Sep. 2019 Last month, Kip Ole Polos arrived in New York for a month of fund-raising on behalf of his tribe, the Il Ngwesi Maasai, which is trying to reintroduce the black rhinoceros on its lands, in northern Kenya. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "A Maasai Warrior Among the Deadheads," 12 Nov. 2019 Rhinoceroses There are two species—the black rhinoceros and the white rhinoceros—and five subspecies between them left in Africa. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "What are Africa’s Big Five? Meet the continent’s most iconic wildlife," 26 July 2019 After a 15-month pregnancy, Lincoln Park Zoo’s Kapuki, an eastern black rhinoceros, gave birth to a healthy male calf May 19. chicagotribune.com, "15 Things to do with the kids, July 1-7," 30 June 2019 At the border between indoor space and the outdoor yard in the zoo’s Eastern black rhinoceros exhibit, a hydraulic door whirred. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Rhino Watch ’19: New baby rhinoceros a reluctant star at Lincoln Park Zoo," 18 June 2019 Two male and three female eastern black rhinoceroses were released into protective enclosures and will eventually be introduced into open plains to increase the genetic diversity of the park’s rhino population, said officials. Washington Post, "5 endangered black rhinos relocated from Europe to Rwanda," 25 June 2019 All are Eastern black rhinoceroses, a species critically endangered in the African wild. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Rhino Watch ’19: New baby rhinoceros a reluctant star at Lincoln Park Zoo," 18 June 2019

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Black rhinoceros.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black%20rhinoceros. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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