rhinoceros

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noun rhi·noc·er·os \rī-ˈnäs-rəs, rə-, -ˈnä-sə-\

Definition of rhinoceros

plural

rhinoceroses

also

rhinoceros

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-noceri

\-ˈnä-sə-ˌrī\
  1. :  any of a family (Rhinocerotidae) of large heavyset herbivorous perissodactyl mammals of Africa and Asia that have one or two upright keratinous horns on the snout and thick gray to brown skin with little hair

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Origin and Etymology of rhinoceros

Middle English rinoceros, from Anglo-French, from Latin rhinocerot-, rhinoceros, from Greek rhinokerōt-, rhinokerōs, from rhin- + keras horn — more at horn


First Known Use: 14th century

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RHINOCEROS Defined for English Language Learners

rhinoceros

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noun rhi·noc·er·os \rī-ˈnäs-rəs, rə-, -ˈnä-sə-\

Definition of rhinoceros for English Language Learners

  • : a large, heavy animal of Africa and Asia that has thick skin and either one or two large horns on its nose


RHINOCEROS Defined for Kids

rhinoceros

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noun rhi·noc·er·os \rī-ˈnä-sə-rəs\

Definition of rhinoceros for Students

plural

rhinoceroses

also

rhinoceros

  1. :  a large plant-eating mammal of Africa and Asia with short legs, thick gray to brown skin with little hair, and one or two heavy upright horns on the snout

History for rhinoceros

The ancient Greeks were familiar with the African species of rhinoceros and called the animal in Greek monokerōs, “one-horned,” and more commonly rhinokerōs, “nose-horned.” “Nose-horned” is a more or less accurate description, because the horn does grow out of the nose, but “one-horned” is not, because both of the African species have two horns.


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