hip·​po | \ ˈhi-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce hippo (audio) \
plural hippos

Definition of hippo

Examples of hippo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After filtering through over 90,000 name suggestions for Fiona the hippo's new baby brother, the animal care team at the Cincinnati Zoo has come down to two names: Fritz and Ferguson. Giovana Gelhoren, Peoplemag, 11 Aug. 2022 Fiona the hippo — star resident of the Cincinnati Zoo, who became a global phenomenon when she was born prematurely back in 2017 — is officially a big sister! Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 4 Aug. 2022 Hippo Cove keepers are awaiting a normal birth, fingers crossed, of a healthy hippo. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 13 July 2022 Fiona's dad Henry died in October 2017 after the zoo decided to humanely euthanize the 36-year-old hippo following his long battle with a chronic infection and abnormal kidney function. Tristan Balagtas, PEOPLE.com, 11 Jan. 2022 Aside from spending her days babbling to her 4-year-old sister Temperance, Isa also enjoys playing with her stuffed hippo and listening to soundtracks from her favorite movies. Shafiq Najib, PEOPLE.com, 4 May 2022 Taweret has the head of a hippo, and the body parts of a feline and crocodile. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 4 May 2022 The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is launching a virtual membership package, giving access to a members-only site that includes a live hippo feed at Hippo Cove, exclusive videos, discounts at the zoo's online store and insider news. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 6 June 2022 The zoo used social media to share the vulnerable newborn's journey, attracting thousands of visitors who traveled to Cincinnati just to visit the baby hippo. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hippo

1850, in the meaning defined above

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18 Aug 2022

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“Hippo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hippo. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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hip·​po | \ ˈhi-pō How to pronounce hippo (audio) \
plural hippos

Kids Definition of hippo

Hippo geographical name

Hip·​po | \ ˈhi-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce Hippo (audio) \
variants: or Hippo Regius \ ˈrē-​jəs How to pronounce Hippo (audio) , -​jē-​əs \

Definition of Hippo

ancient city in northern Africa south of modern Annaba, Algeria; chief town of Numidia

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