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- 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 from Glassical Greek pachydermos, thick-skinned from pachys, thick (from Indo-European base an unverified form bhenĝh-, thick, dense from source Sanskrit bahú-, dense, much) plush 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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