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hippopotamus

hip·po·pot·a·mus

hippopotamus

 
pronunciation:
hI p pa t ms
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part of speech: noun
inflections: hippopotami, hippopotamuses
definition: a very large, bulky, nearly hairless plant-eating African mammal that lives mostly in and close to water.
 
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Hippopotamus comes from the ancient Greek word for this animal, which means "horse of the river."
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