hippo

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See also: Hippo, hippo-, and HiPPO

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hippo (plural hippos)

  1. Clipping of hippopotamus.
    • 1899 Feb, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, page 218:
      There was an old hippo that had the bad habit of getting out on the bank and roaming at night over the station grounds.
    • 1913, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Poison Belt[1]:
      "I've seen them buryin' a chief up the Aruwimi River, and they ate a hippo that must have weighed as much as a tribe."
    • 2006 June 24, The Weekend Argus:
      The Eastern Cape village whose dam has been taken over by a hippo will decide next week what happens to the animal.

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