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 (audio) , -​jē-​əs \

Definition of Hippo (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of hippo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That is partly because Colombia is, from a hippo's point of view, a paradise on Earth: plenty of water and grass to pasture on and, relative to the African savannah, there are no predators. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, "Tapping into the forces behind Colombia's hippo crisis," 16 Apr. 2021 Your hippo could be a replica of this original, having a value of $150. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Art treasures can span generations: Yenke Peddler antiques," 15 Apr. 2021 Hello, This chubby hippo was given to me by someone who had traveled to Africa/the Middle East about 40 years ago. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Art treasures can span generations: Yenke Peddler antiques," 15 Apr. 2021 This image shows two oxpeckers sitting on a very relaxed hippo with all parties entirely comfortable with the relationship. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, "Amazing Birds In Photos: 21 Finalists For Bird Photographer Of The Year," 4 Apr. 2021 Downing’s beautifully colored double-page illustrations of a wide-winged ibis, a hippo, crocodile and an escort of butterflies bring the story to life. Penny Schwartz, sun-sentinel.com, "Passover children’s books: Bespectacled lion reads the Haggadah and a Depression-era mitzvah," 10 Mar. 2021 Tickets for Breakfasts with the Animals are on sale now at www.cincinnatizoo.org for 10 dates from April through August – including four that feature Fiona, the world-famous hippo. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, "How you can have breakfast with Fiona the hippo and friends at the Cincinnati Zoo," 4 Mar. 2021 Across the way are three ostriches, and across the other way are a tutu-wearing hippo and a gator. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney: First look at Epcot’s flower and garden fest," 3 Mar. 2021 Like a hippo crashing a ballet recital, the Red Pig, developed by then-nascent AMG, took first in class and second place overall, cementing AMG as the high-performance appendage to Mercedes-Benz ever since. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Watch Magnus Walker Put This Homage to the Famed Mercedes ‘Red Pig’ Racer to the Test," 24 Feb. 2021

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Hippo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hippo. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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

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