pygmy hippopotamus


Definition of pygmy hippopotamus

: a small hippopotamus (Hexaprotodon liberiensis synonym Choeropsis liberiensis) of western Africa and especially Liberia that may reach a weight of nearly 600 pounds (270 kilograms)

Note: In addition to its smaller size, the pygmy hippopotamus differs from the common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) in being nocturnal and less aquatic and in having a rounder head with the eyes set to the sides, less webbing between the toes, and only one pair of lower incisor teeth.

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Recent Examples on the Web On Friday, the San Diego Zoo announced that on April 9, their 4-year-old pygmy hippopotamus named Mabel welcomed a male calf — the zoo's first successful pygmy hippo birth in more than three decades. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "San Diego Zoo Celebrates Its First Endangered Pygmy Hippo Birth in 30 Years," 19 May 2020 Mabel, a 4-year-old pygmy hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo, gave birth to her first calf last month, the zoo announced Friday. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "An endangered pygmy hippo was born at the San Diego Zoo, the first in over 30 years," 16 May 2020 The most gruesome death involved a pygmy hippopotamus that was slowly boiled to death in his tank. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Retro Indy: Fire ravaged circus and elephants roamed the streets of Fulton County," 20 Feb. 2020 The country's rapidly disappearing forests are home to Western chimpanzees, classified as critically endangered since 2016, forest elephants, and the rare pygmy hippopotamus. Tim Cocks And Ange Aboa, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ivory Coast, chocolate giants team up to make cocoa production more sustainable," 19 Apr. 2018

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Pygmy hippopotamus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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