- any of certain large, thick-skinned, hoofed animals, as the elephant, rhinoceros, and hippopotamus, formerly classified together
- a thick-skinned, insensitive, stolid person
Origin: Fr pachyderme < Gr pachydermos, thick-skinned < pachys, thick (< IE base *bhenĝh-, thick, dense > Sans bahú-, dense, much) + derma, skin: see derma
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Origin: French pachyderme, from New Latin *Pachyderma, sing. of Pachydermata, obsolete order name, from Greek pakhudermos, thick-skinned : pakhus, thick + derma, skin; see derma1.
- pachˌy·derˈmal, pachˌy·derˈmic, pachˌy·derˈmous adjective
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