hip·​po | \ˈhi-(ˌ)pō \
plural hippos

Definition of hippo 

(Entry 1 of 2)


geographical name
Hip·​po | \ˈhi-(ˌ)pō \
variants: or Hippo Regius \ˈrē-​jəs, -​jē-​əs \

Definition of Hippo (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Cincinnati's beloved hippo turns 1 after a year of extraordinary growth and celebrity. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Celebrate Fiona the hippo's birthday: Watch her live, grab swag," 24 Jan. 2018 Players will have dozens of methods for approaching the mission, including feeding each of the men to the same rather hungry hippo, Liebold tells me. Nick Statt, The Verge, "How Hitman 2’s developers turned its gigantic levels into ever-evolving playgrounds," 18 Oct. 2018 There’s a custom statue from the artist Bjørn Skaarup, who designed the hippo statue in the tutu out front of Lincoln Center in New York City. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The annual Neiman Marcus fantasy gifts list gives a look into what the 1 percent buys for the holidays.," 18 Oct. 2018 At least six people have been killed by hippos around Lake Naivasha this year, the BBC reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Hippo attacks in Kenya kill 2, including Taiwan tourist taking pictures, authorities say," 13 Aug. 2018 The Cincinnati Zoo benefited from Smithsonian research in feeding Fiona, the premature hippo born Jan. 24, 2017, at a dangerously low 29 pounds (13 kilograms). Washington Post, "Zoo’s aardvark contributes to national animal milk research," 4 May 2018 Augustus, who is the park's first hippo in 13 years, now weighs about 168 pounds and is often seen staying close to his mom, Tuma. Mallorie Sullivan, Cincinnati.com, "It's a boy! Meet Augustus, Fiona the hippo's newborn uncle," 22 Feb. 2018 Fiona became the world's hippo when she was born six weeks premature at the Cincinnati Zoo. Carol Motsinger, USA TODAY, "Is it hippo love? Fiona the hippo gets asked out on a date - and she might be interested," 9 Mar. 2018 Nurses from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital were enlisted to put in a hippo IV. Dan Sewell, The Seattle Times, "Fiona, Cincinnati zoo’s famous preemie hippo, becomes a force for teaching kids," 2 July 2018

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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plural hippos

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