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).

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

Noun[edit]

hippopotamus (plural hippopotamuses or hippopotami or hippopotamus)

  1. A large, semi-aquatic, herbivorous (plant-eating) African mammal (Hippopotamus amphibius)

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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

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Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative hippopotamus hippopotamī
genitive hippopotamī hippopotamōrum
dative hippopotamō hippopotamīs
accusative hippopotamum hippopotamōs
ablative hippopotamō hippopotamīs
vocative hippopotame hippopotamī

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