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The first star of Marine World was Judy the water-skiing elephant, a pachyderm that trainers placed on pontoon-like skis and dragged into the park’s lagoon.
After analyzing all the data, the thoughtful pachyderm chose the Eagles.
The ultimate goals are to help law enforcement and policy-makers shut down the ivory market and raise public awareness of the plight of pachyderms.
In Gorongosa, where Mr Pringle and Mr Daskin conduct their own fieldwork, the pachyderms are back to 80% of their pre-war numbers.
McKay examines our long fascination with the mysterious, extinct pachyderms that once roamed the earth.
Born: May 18, 1927 Died: Jan. 16, 2017 The Oregon Zoo's elder pachyderm was, without a doubt, one of the park's biggest draws.
The wall decorations at San Giovanni also evoke some extinct denizens of the area, like the Elephas antiquus, the straight-tusked pachyderm that lived here during the Middle and Late Pleistocene.
The rock the pavilion rests on looks like some giant pachyderm.
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Did You Know?
Pachydermos in Greek means literally "having thick skin" (figuratively, it means "dull" or "stupid"). It's from pachys, meaning "thick," and derma, meaning "skin." In the late 1700s the French naturalist Georges Cuvier adapted the Greek term as pachyderme and used it for any one of a whole assemblage of hoofed animals having thickish skin: elephants, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, tapirs, horses, pigs, and more. English speakers learned the word from French in the early 1800s. The adjective pachydermatous means "of or relating to the pachyderms" or "thickened" (referring to skin). Not too surprisingly, it also means "callous" or "insensitive" (somewhat unfairly to elephants, which are actually known to be rather sensitive).
PACHYDERM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pachyderm for English Language Learners
: a type of animal that has hooves and thick skin
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