nounpl. -·oses or -·os
Origin of rhinocerosMiddle English rinoceros from Classical Latin rhinoceros from Classical Greek rhinoker?s, literally , nose-horned from rhis (see rhino-) + keras, horn
nounpl. rhinoceros, or rhi·noc·er·os·es
Origin of rhinocerosMiddle English rinoceros from Latin rhīnocerōs from Greek rhīnokerōs rhīno- rhino- keras horn ; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
white rhinoceros Ceratotherium simum
(plural rhinoceros or rhinoceroses or rhinoceri or rhinocerotes)
- In natural history, the plural rhinoceros is often used, in the same way that the singular of the names of many wild animals is often used in natural history as the plural (compare gazelle, elephant, etc).
- The plurals rhinoceri and rhinoceroi are often found, formed by association with other Latin and Greek plurals, though they do not represent true Latin or Greek forms.
- The Latin-derived plural form rhinocerotes is usually considered as a plural of the archaic form rhinocerot.
From Latin rhinoceros, from Ancient Greek á¿¥Î¹Î½ÏŒÎºÎµÏÏ‰Ï‚ (rhinokerÅs), composed of á¿¥Î¯Ï‚ (rhis, “nose") + ÎºÎÏÎ±Ï‚ (kÃ©ras, “horn").