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- (rare) The rhinoceros.
1551, Edward Topsell, The Historie of Foure-footed Beastes, translation of Historiae Animalium de Quadrupedibus viviparis by Conrad Gesner, published 1607:
- Antoninus Pius the Emperor, did give many gifts unto the people, amongst which were both Tigers and Rhinocerots, (saith Iulius Capitalinus in his life).
1625, Samuel Purchas, Hakluytus Posthumus, J MacLehose, published 1905, page 63:
- Beyond that Country of Birds, is another wilde and mountainous, where abide many creatures much worse than those Birds, Elephants, Rhinocerotes, Lions, Wild-swine, Buffals, and Wild-kine.
1896, HW Seager editor, Natural History in Shakespeare’s Time, Kessinger, published 2004, page 76:
- The Indians have a kind of Crocodile in Ganges, which hath a horn growing out of his nose like a Rhinocerot