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

Examples of hippo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Less than 2,500 pygmy hippos live in Africa, the zoo said. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "An endangered pygmy hippo was born at the San Diego Zoo, the first in over 30 years," 16 May 2020 Although accurate, these rifles often handle like a hippo in a wading pool. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "Building the Ultimate Open-Country Hunting Rifle," 14 Feb. 2020 Fiona the hippo and a Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden zookeeper will be featured in a three-day virtual fund-raising event for those impacted by COVID-19. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Fiona the hippo and keeper will chat with Animal Planet's Coyote Peterson during virtual fundraiser," 16 Apr. 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Fiona the hippo and her boyfriend Timothy don’t let the distance between them get in the way of their adorable relationship. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Fiona the Hippo Has a Boyfriend! Her Biggest Admirer Timothy Sends Edible Bouquet for Her Birthday," 25 Jan. 2020 Editorial cartoonist Kevin Necessary drew coloring and activity pages featuring Fiona the hippo, Union Terminal and superheroes. Kevin Necessary, Cincinnati.com, "Our Cincinnati-themed coloring book features Fiona the hippo and other superheroes," 19 Mar. 2020 Of course, the first episode featured everyone's favorite famous hippo, Fiona. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "These zoos and aquariums are live-streaming animals for people to enjoy during coronavirus isolation," 18 Mar. 2020 Amahle is the ninth hippo calf born at the zoo and the 13th to her mother, Funani. USA TODAY, "Ollie the camel, cactus-juice walls, Can-Am Crown: News from around our 50 states," 2 Mar. 2020 Soon, this beloved hippo will hold a big place on a Cincinnati wall. Enquirer Staff, Cincinnati.com, "Week in Review: It's blue ice cream season, wacky weather and more," 13 Apr. 2018

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2020

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“Hippo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hippo. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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