hippopotamus

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English[edit]

A hippopotamus
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Etymology[edit]

From Latin and New Latin hippopotamus, from Ancient Greek ἱπποπόταμος (hippopótamos), from ἵππος (híppos, horse) (English hippo-) + ποταμός (potamós, river).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌhɪp.əˈpɒt.ə.məs/
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  • Hyphenation: hip‧po‧po‧ta‧mus

Noun[edit]

hippopotamus (plural hippopotamuses or hippopotami or hippopotamus)

  1. A large, semi-aquatic, herbivorous (plant-eating) African mammal (Hippopotamus amphibius) that spends most of the day living in water, but comes on to land at night to feed. Of all living land animals, only the rhinoceros and elephant are larger.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἱπποπόταμος (hippopótamos), from ἵππος (híppos, horse) + ποταμός (potamós, river).

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Noun[edit]

hippopotamus m (genitive hippopotamī); second declension

  1. a hippopotamus

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Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative hippopotamus hippopotamī
genitive hippopotamī hippopotamōrum
dative hippopotamō hippopotamīs
accusative hippopotamum hippopotamōs
ablative hippopotamō hippopotamīs
vocative hippopotame hippopotamī

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