- 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 bhen?h-, thick, dense from source Sanskrit bahú-, dense, much) + derma, skin: see derma
Any of various large, thick-skinned, hoofed mammals such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
Origin of pachydermFrench pachyderme from New Latin Pachydermata former order name from Greek pakhudermos thick-skinned pakhus thick derma skin ; see derma 1.
- pach′y·der′mal pach′y·der′mic pach′y·der′mous
pachy- + derma, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î±Ï‡ÏÎ´ÎµÏÎ¼Î¿Ï‚ (pakhudermos), from Ï€Î±Ï‡ÏÏ‚ (pakhus, “thick") + Î´ÎÏÎ¼Î± (derma, “skin").