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Definition of Hippopotamus


  1. A large, amphibious, herbivorous mammal (Hippopotamus amphibius), common in the rivers of 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 (H. Liberiencis) inhabits Western Africa.
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Hippopotamus Translations

hippopotamus in Afrikaans is seekoei
hippopotamus in Dutch is nijlpaard
hippopotamus in French is hippopotame
hippopotamus in Italian is ippopotamo, ippopotamo
hippopotamus in Norwegian is flodhest