nounpl. -·a·mus·es, -·a·mi· , -·a·mus
Origin of hippopotamusClassical Latin from Classical Greek hippopotamos, literally , river horse from hippos (see hippo-) + potamos, river, origin, originally , that which goes down from Indo-European base an unverified form pet-, to fall, fly from source feather, Classical Greek pteryx, wing
nounpl. hip·po·pot·a·mus·es, or hip·po·pot·a·mi
- A large, chiefly aquatic African herbivorous mammal (Hippopotamus amphibius) having thick, dark, almost hairless skin, short legs with four toes, and a broad, wide-mouthed muzzle. Also called river horse .
- The pygmy hippopotamus.
Origin of hippopotamusLatin from Greek hippopotamos hippos horse ; see ekwo- in Indo-European roots. potamos river ; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
(plural hippopotamuses or hippopotami or hippopotamus)
From Latin and New Latin hippopotamus, from Ancient Greek ἱπποπόταμος (hippopotamos), from ἵππος (hippos, “horse”) (English hippo-) + ποταμός (potamos, “river”).
From Latin and New Latin hippopotamus, from Ancient Greek ἱπποπόταμος (hippopotamos), from ἵππος (hippos, “horse”) + ποταμός (potamos, “river”).