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Etymology 1[edit]


Alternative forms[edit]


rhino (uncountable)

  1. (slang, now rare) Money. [from 17th c.]
    • 1792, Thomas Holcroft, Anne St. Ives, vol. III.52:
      When so be as a man has no money, why then, a savin and exceptin your onnur's reverence, a's but a poor dog. But when so be as a man as got the rhino, why then a may begin to hold up his head.
    • 1835, Frederick Marryat, The Pacha of Many Tales:
      There I fell in with Betsy, and as she proved a regular out and outer, I spliced her, and a famous wedding we had of it, as long as the rhino lasted.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 12: The Cyclops]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare and Company, [], →OCLC:
      —Here you are, says Alf, chucking out the rhino. Talking about hanging, I'll show you something you never saw

Etymology 2[edit]

Clipping of rhinoceros.


rhino (plural rhinos)

  1. (colloquial) A rhinoceros. [from 19th c.]
    • 1932, Delos W. Lovelace, King Kong, published 1965, page 24:
      ‘We were getting a grand shot of a charging rhino when the cameraman got scared and bolted. The fathead!’
    • 1961 October, “Talking of Trains: B.R. exile at work?”, in Trains Illustrated, page 586:
      This cutting from an East African newspaper caught our eye last month: "The up mail train from Mombasa was held up for an hour at Kibwezi by an angry rhino on Monday night."
Derived terms[edit]



Clipping of rhinocéros.



rhino m (plural rhinos)

  1. (informal) rhino