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hippopotami


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hippopotamus  \Hip`po*pot"a*mus\,  n.;  pl  E.  {Hippopotamuses},  L. 
  {Hippopotami}.  [L.,  from  Gr.?;  "i`ppos  horse  +  ?  river.  Cf 
  {Equine}.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  large  amphibious,  herbivorous  mammal  ({Hippopotamus 
  amphibius}),  common  in  the  rivers  of  Africa.  It  is  allied  to 
  the  hogs,  and  has  a  very  thick,  naked  skin,  a  thick  and 
  square  head,  a  very  large  muzzle,  small  eyes  and  ears,  thick 
  and  heavy  body,  and  short  legs.  It  is  supposed  to  be  the 
  behemoth  of  the  Bible.  Called  also  {zeekoe},  and  {river 
  horse}.  A  smaller  species  ({H.  Liberiencis})  inhabits  Western 
  Africa. 




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