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

Examples of hippo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But when authorities culled a male hippo in 2009, a fierce reaction from animal rights activists followed. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 26 Jan. 2024 Hippo Cove holds up to four hippos, so if one of the females gets pregnant and has a baby, then a current habitant will have to go. The Enquirer, 5 Mar. 2024 Best director honors went to Dominican filmmaker Nelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias for Pepe, an unclassifiable mash-up of documentary and fiction about a hippo brought to Colombia by drug king Pablo Escobar. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2024 As the hippo’s numbers burgeon, the scramble to curtail population growth has reached a boiling point. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 26 Jan. 2024 Hippos, for their part, are fiercely territorial and will challenge any animal, human, or fellow hippo that crosses the line. Paul Richards, Field & Stream, 15 Nov. 2023 But one topic is always on Cincinnati's mind: Fiona the hippo. The Enquirer, 5 Mar. 2024 There’s charm in the idea of a hippo for the first time contemplating how a body of water can have no middle or edges, even if less of the occasionally windy narration might be more. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Feb. 2024 When Did Ancient Hippos Live? In restoring the skull and jaws, scientists discovered some very old dirt stuck to the teeth and mandible of an ancient hippo. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hippo was in 1850

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“Hippo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hippo. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


hip·​po ˈhip-ō How to pronounce hippo (audio)
plural hippos

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Hip·​po ˈhi-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce Hippo (audio)
variants or Hippo Regius
ˈrē-jəs How to pronounce Hippo (audio)
ancient city in northern Africa south of modern Annaba, Algeria; chief town of Numidia

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