black rhinoceros


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

called also black rhino

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Wildlife veterinarian who led the construction of 12 new black rhinoceros habitats in South Africa. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Oct. 2022 The case's turning point came after authorities intercepted a package with a black rhinoceros horn that the defendants had sold to a buyer in Manhattan, the State's Attorney said. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 2022 Dalia, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s latest addition to its Eastern black rhinoceros family, made her debut Wednesday morning, David Petkiewicz reports. Mike Rose, cleveland, 11 Aug. 2022 Port Lympne houses a number of rare and endangered species such as Siberian tigers and has Britain’s largest breeding herd of black rhinoceros. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 12 June 2022 King, an 8-year-old black rhinoceros, arrived Sept. 10 from Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo and is already making himself at home in Southwest Portland, his handlers say. oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2021 International demand for black rhinoceros horn has seen the animals killed relentlessly for decades in countries such as Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Helen Santoro, Scientific American, 28 Dec. 2020 The world now has one more black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis). Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Dec. 2019 More than 600 elephants share the grasslands and floodplains with lions, leopards, and threatened black rhinoceroses. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, 30 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black rhinoceros was in 1835

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“Black rhinoceros.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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