white rhinoceros

noun
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 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, "PODCAST: Baby boom at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park (Ep. 72)," 4 Nov. 2020 The last male northern white rhinoceros in the wild died in 2018, but scientists are scrambling to save the species with donor embryos. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah State scientist finds herbivores most at risk of extinction," 6 Aug. 2020 The last male northern white rhinoceros in the wild died in 2018, but scientists are scrambling to save the species with donor embryos. NBC News, "Not easy eating green: Herbivores most at extinction risk," 6 Aug. 2020 The last male northern white rhinoceros in the wild died in 2018, but scientists are scrambling to save the species with donor embryos. NBC News, "Not easy eating green: Herbivores most at extinction risk," 6 Aug. 2020 The last male northern white rhinoceros in the wild died in 2018, but scientists are scrambling to save the species with donor embryos. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah State scientist finds herbivores most at risk of extinction," 6 Aug. 2020 The last male northern white rhinoceros in the wild died in 2018, but scientists are scrambling to save the species with donor embryos. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah State scientist finds herbivores most at risk of extinction," 6 Aug. 2020 The last male northern white rhinoceros in the wild died in 2018, but scientists are scrambling to save the species with donor embryos. NBC News, "Not easy eating green: Herbivores most at extinction risk," 6 Aug. 2020 The last male northern white rhinoceros in the wild died in 2018, but scientists are scrambling to save the species with donor embryos. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah State scientist finds herbivores most at risk of extinction," 6 Aug. 2020

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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 25 Jan. 2021.

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