black rhinoceros


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

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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,, "Rhino Watch ’19: New baby rhinoceros a reluctant star at Lincoln Park Zoo," 18 June 2019 In 2015, the park reintroduced lions and in 2017, the rare East black rhinoceros. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Secret Safaris: Little-Known National Parks in Africa," 22 Feb. 2019 Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images A rare black rhinoceros calf, born on Dec. 9, is seen with his mother Maisha at a zoo in the Czech city of Dvur Kralove nad Labem. WSJ, "Photos of the Week," 4 Jan. 2019 Six black rhinoceroses were flown from South Africa to Zakouma National Park in Chad last week, reuniting the threatened animal with a land it has not roamed in nearly five decades. Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times, "Black Rhinos Roam Chad for the First Time in 46 Years," 11 May 2018 Also in April, the zoo received a breeding pair of black rhinoceroses from the Oregon Zoo in Portland. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "What do stingrays feel like? And are they safe? What to know about new KC Zoo exhibit | The Kansas City Star," 1 May 2018 Recently, a large wooden crate arrived containing the head of a black rhinoceros, its horn intact. National Geographic, "See What's Inside This Grisly Warehouse of Wildlife Trafficking," 1 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of black rhinoceros

1835, in the meaning defined above

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