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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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 Nurses from Cincinnati Children's Hospital were enlisted to put in a hippo IV. Dan Sewell, Cincinnati.com, "Professor Fiona? Famed baby hippo an educational force," 2 July 2018 In June, the Animal History Group’s Summer Conference, held at King’s College London, featured talks on England’s 1850s hippo fad and conflicts between humans and crocodiles throughout the ages. Amy Crawford, BostonGlobe.com, "Why is history always about humans?," 13 July 2018 Possibilities for population-control plans include killing the invaders, which many hippo-liking Colombians are against. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "A Look at the Inner Lives of 13 Species of Animals You Think You Know," 13 July 2018 Everyone’s favorite baby hippo is turning one tomorrow and to celebrate, the 649-pound social-media star will not only get her own birthday cake (and ice cream), but also will have her own show renewed for a second season. Lyndsey Matthews, Cosmopolitan, "Fiona the Hippo’s Facebook Show Is Getting a Second Season, Because Obvs She's Great TV," 23 Jan. 2018 After all, hippos are charismatic enough to get Jada Pinkett Smith to voice one in the Madagascar films. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "A Look at the Inner Lives of 13 Species of Animals You Think You Know," 13 July 2018 And rightly so, as an angry hippo is one of the most dangerous animals around. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For the Fourth, bring out the (San Diego Zoo) babies!," 3 July 2018

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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