The elephant is an example of a pachyderm.
- any of certain large, thick-skinned, hoofed animals, as the elephant, rhinoceros, and hippopotamus, formerly classified together
- a thick-skinned, insensitive, stolid person
Origin of pachydermFrench pachyderme ; from Classical Greek pachydermos, thick-skinned ; from pachys, thick (; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhenĝh-, thick, dense from source Sanskrit bahú-, dense, much) + derma, skin: see derma
Origin of pachydermFrench pachyderme, from New Latin Pachydermata, former order name, from Greek pakhudermos, thick-skinned : pakhus, thick + derma, skin; see derma1.
- pach′y·der′mal, pach′y·der′mic, pach′y·der′mous
pachy- + derma, from Ancient Greek παχύδερμος (pakhudermos), from παχύς (pakhus, “thick”) + δέρμα (derma, “skin”).