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).

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

hippopotamus (plural hippopotamuses or hippopotamusses or hippopotami or hippopotamoi or hippopotamus)

  1. A large, semi-aquatic, herbivorous (plant-eating) African mammal (Hippopotamus amphibius).
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      These were the first hippopotami that we had ever seen, and, to judge by their insatiable curiosity, I should judge that we were the first white men that they had ever seen.

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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

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative hippopotamus hippopotamī
Genitive hippopotamī hippopotamōrum
Dative hippopotamō hippopotamīs
Accusative hippopotamum hippopotamōs
Ablative hippopotamō hippopotamīs
Vocative hippopotame hippopotamī

Descendants[edit]

  • English: hippopotamus
  • Portuguese: hipopótamo

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