noun Etymology: French pachyderme, from Greek pachydermos thick-skinned, from pachys thick + derma skin; akin to Sanskrit bahu dense, much — more at derm- Date: 1838 any of various nonruminant mammals (as an elephant, a rhinoceros, or a hippopotamus) of a former group (Pachydermata) that have hooves or nails resembling hooves and usually thick skin; especially elephant

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  • Pachyderm — may refer to one of the pachydermata, an obsolete order of mammals which included:* Elephants * Rhinoceroses * HippopotamusesPachyderm may also refer to:* Pachyderm Studio, a recording studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota * Pachyderma, a skin… …   Wikipedia

  • pachyderm — pach y*derm (p[a^]k [i^]*d[ e]rm), n. [Cf. F. pachyderme.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any of various nonruminant hoofed mammals having very thick skin, including the {elephant}, {rhinoceros}, and {hippopotamus}, one of the Pachydermata. [WordNet 1.5 + 1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pachyderm — (n.) 1838, from Fr. pachyderme (c.1600), adopted as a biological term 1797 by French naturalist Georges Léopole Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert, Baron Cuvier (1769 1832), from Gk. pachydermos thick skinned, from pachys thick (from PIE *bhengh , Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pachyderm — ► NOUN ▪ a very large mammal with thick skin, especially an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus. ORIGIN Greek pakhudermos, from pakhus thick + derma skin …   English terms dictionary

  • pachyderm — [pak′ə dʉrm΄] n. [Fr pachyderme < Gr pachydermos, thick skinned < pachys, thick (< IE base * bhenĝh , thick, dense > Sans bahú , dense, much) + derma, skin: see DERMA1] 1. any of certain large, thick skinned, hoofed animals, as the… …   English World dictionary

  • pachyderm — UK [ˈpækɪˌdɜː(r)m] / US [ˈpækɪˌdɜrm] noun [countable] Word forms pachyderm : singular pachyderm plural pachyderms a large animal with thick skin, for example an elephant or a rhinoceros …   English dictionary

  • pachyderm — [[t]pæ̱kidɜː(r)m[/t]] pachyderms N COUNT A pachyderm is a large thick skinned animal such as an elephant or rhinoceros. [TECHNICAL] …   English dictionary

  • pachyderm — pachydermal, pachydermous, pachydermic, pachydermoid, adj. /pak i derrm /, n. 1. any of the thick skinned, nonruminant ungulates, as the elephant, hippopotamus, and rhinoceros. 2. an elephant. 3. a person who is not sensitive to criticism,… …   Universalium

  • pachyderm — noun /ˈpækʰ.ɪˌdɜː(ɹ)m/ a) Someone (or something) with thick skin. It is used for animals such as an elephant or a hippopotamus. b) An elephant …   Wiktionary

  • pachyderm — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus. See animal …   English dictionary for students

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