river horse
Hippopotamus Hip`po*pot"a*mus, n.; pl. E. {Hippopotamuses}, L. {Hippopotami}. [L., from Gr.?; "i`ppos horse + ? river. Cf. {Equine}.] (Zo["o]l.) A large, amphibious, herbivorous mammal ({Hippopotamus amphibius}), common in the rivers of tropical Africa. It is allied to the hogs, and has a very thick, naked skin, a thick and square head, a very large muzzle, small eyes and ears, thick and heavy body, and short legs. It is supposed to be the behemoth of the Bible. Called also {zeekoe}, and {river horse}. A smaller species ({Hippopotamus Liberiencis}) inhabits Western Africa. [1913 Webster]

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  • River horse — River Riv er, n. [F. riv[ e]re a river, LL. riparia river, bank of a river, fr. L. riparius belonging to a bank or shore, fr. ripa a bank or shore; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Arrive}, {Riparian}.] 1. A large stream of water flowing in a bed or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • river horse — n. HIPPOPOTAMUS …   English World dictionary

  • river horse — noun massive thick skinned herbivorous animal living in or around rivers of tropical Africa • Syn: ↑hippopotamus, ↑hippo, ↑Hippopotamus amphibius • Hypernyms: ↑even toed ungulate, ↑artiodactyl, ↑artiodactyl mammal …   Useful english dictionary

  • river horse — riv′er horse n. mam a hippopotamus • Etymology: 1595–1605 …   From formal English to slang

  • river horse — noun Date: 1563 hippopotamus …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • river horse — a hippopotamus. [1595 1605] * * * …   Universalium

  • river-horse — n. Hippopotamus …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • river-horse — /ˈrɪvə hɔs/ (say rivuh haws) noun → hippopotamus …   Australian English dictionary

  • river-horse — …   Useful english dictionary

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