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

Definition of hippo

 (Entry 1 of 2)


geographical name
Hip·​po | \ ˈhi-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce Hippo (audio) \
variants: or Hippo Regius \ ˈrē-​jəs How to pronounce Hippo Regius (audio) , -​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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The attack happened just hours after a fisherman was killed by a different hippo on the same lake, Fox reported. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tourist Killed by Hippo Near Kenya's Lake Naivasha," 13 Aug. 2018 It's believed Fiona is the smallest hippo ever to survive. Dan Sewell, Cincinnati.com, "Professor Fiona? Famed baby hippo an educational force," 2 July 2018 And in May, the theme is things in the zoo that are big: long giraffe necks, huge hippo teeth and big elephant ears. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The whole family, from infant to grandma, is invited to register for spring zoo classes," 27 Oct. 2017 During our two night stay, we are roused in the middle of the night by a hippo very keen on splashing just beyond our deck, and visited by a roving herd of elephants, one of whom practically greets us at our front door after our morning game drive. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 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

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plural hippos

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