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Meaning of hippopotamus

hip•po•pot•a•mus

Pronunciation: (hip"u-pot'u-mus), [key]
— pl. -mus•es, -mi
  1. a large herbivorous mammal, Hippopotamus amphibius, having a thick hairless body, short legs, and a large head and muzzle, found in and near the rivers, lakes, etc., of Africa, and able to remain under water for a considerable time.
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