Nilpferd

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Etymology[edit]

From Nil (Nile) +‎ Pferd (horse), a loose calque of Latin hippopotamus, from Ancient Greek ἱπποπόταμος (hippopótamos). Akin to Dutch nijlpaard.

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Nilpferd n (genitive Nilpferds or Nilpferdes, plural Nilpferde)

  1. hippopotamus
    • 2012, Ursel Scheffler, Kommissar Kugelblitz. Das rosa Nilpferd, in Kommissar Kugelblitz, vol. 8, Quinto, →ISBN.
      Endlich hält er das rosa Nilpferd in den Armen.
      At last he holds the pink hippo in his arms.

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