pachyderm

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Etymology[edit]

pachy- + derma, from Ancient Greek παχύδερμος (pakhudermos), from παχύς (pakhus, thick) + δέρμα (derma, skin).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpækʰ.ɪˌdɜː(ɹ)m/

Noun[edit]

pachyderm (plural pachyderms)

  1. Someone (or something) with thick skin. It is used for animals such as an elephant or a hippopotamus.
  2. (zoology) A member of the obsolete taxonomic order Pachydermata, grouping of thick-skinned, hoofed animals such as the rhinoceros, hippopotamus, elephant, pig and horse.
  3. (informal) An elephant
  4. (idiomatic) A person that is not affected by (does not care about) what others say about him or her.
  5. (idiomatic) Someone who is insensitive.

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