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A rhinoceros.


From Latin rhinoceros, from Ancient Greek ῥινόκερως ‎(rhinókerōs), composed of ῥίς ‎(rhís, nose) + κέρας ‎(kéras, horn).



rhinoceros ‎(plural rhinoceros or rhinoceroses or (nonstandard) rhinoceri or (archaic) rhinocerotes)

  1. Any of several large herbivorous pachyderms native to Africa and Asia of the five extant species in the three extant genera in the family Rhinocerotidae, with thick, gray skin and one or two horns on their snouts.
    • 1658, Brown, Thomas, “Of Unicorns Horn”, in Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or Enquiries Into Very many Received Tenents And commonly Presumed Truths. The Fourth Edition[1], page 203:
      Herein therefore to draw up our determinations beside the several pieces of Scripture mentioning this Animal (which some may well contend to be only meant of the Rhinoceros) we are so far from denying there is any Unicorn at all, that we affirme there are many kinds thereof. In the number of Quadrapedes we will concede no less then five; that is the Indian Oxe, Indian Ass, Rhinoceros, the Oryx, and that which is more eminently termed Monoceros, or Unicornis.



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rhīnocerōs m ‎(genitive rhīnocerōtis); third declension

  1. rhinoceros
  2. vessel made of a rhinoceros's horn
  3. nickname for someone with a long nose


Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative rhīnocerōs rhīnocerōtēs
genitive rhīnocerōtis rhīnocerōtum
dative rhīnocerōtī rhīnocerōtibus
accusative rhīnocerōtem rhīnocerōtēs
ablative rhīnocerōte rhīnocerōtibus
vocative rhīnocerōs rhīnocerōtēs