Hippopotamus

Hip`po*pot"a*mus

(?), n.;
pl. E. Hippopotamuses (#), L. Hippopotami (#).
[L., from Gr.; "i`ppos horse + river. Cf. Equine.] (Zol.) 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.
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