white rhinoceros

variants: or white rhino

Definition of white rhinoceros

: a rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) of southern and central Africa that is distinguished from the black rhinoceros especially by larger size and by a squared upper lip lacking a protrusion

Examples of white rhinoceros in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The white rhinoceros, which frequently appears in Gatland's images, is classified as near threatened -- with just 18,000 of the species left in the wild. Chloe Liu, CNN, 22 Apr. 2022 At least four of the species Stewart has recorded are now extinct in the wild, including the Panamanian golden frog and northern white rhinoceros. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2022 The last living male northern white rhinoceros on earth, named Sudan, is under the round-the-clock armed guard protection at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya, according to CNN. The Editors, Outside Online, 17 Apr. 2015 Hunters had driven popular game animals, like the white rhinoceros, to the brink of extinction. Saima Sidik, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Aug. 2021 At age 45, Sudan was the final progenitor of the earth’s most endangered animal species: the northern white rhinoceros. Damon Casarez, Popular Mechanics, 2 Aug. 2021 Nola was a northern white rhinoceros, one of only four that remained by the middle of the last decade, along with Sudan and his kin. Damon Casarez, Popular Mechanics, 2 Aug. 2021 The Virginia Zoo is welcoming its first baby Southern white rhinoceros. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 July 2021 Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park has had a handful of births this year, including a giraffe, a zebra, an aardvark, a porcupine and recently a white rhinoceros. Orlando Sentinel Podcasts, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of white rhinoceros

1801, in the meaning defined above

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“White rhinoceros.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20rhinoceros. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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