Pachyderm definition

păkĭ-dûrm
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Any of various large, thick-skinned, hoofed mammals such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
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A thick-skinned, insensitive, stolid person.
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Any of various large, thick-skinned mammals, such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
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Someone (something) with thick skin. It is used for animals such as an elephant or a hippopotamus.
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(informal) An elephant.
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(idiomatic) A person that is not affected by (does not care about) what others say about him or her.
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(idiomatic) Someone who is insensitive.
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Any of certain large, thick-skinned, hoofed animals, as the elephant, rhinoceros, and hippopotamus, formerly classified together.
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Noun

Singular:
pachyderm
Plural:
pachyderms

Origin of pachyderm

  • French pachyderme from New Latin Pachydermata former order name from Greek pakhudermos thick-skinned pakhus thick derma skin derma1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • pachy- + derma, from Ancient Greek παχύδερμος (pakhudermos), from παχύς (pakhus, “thick") + δέρμα (derma, “skin").

    From Wiktionary