Any of various large, thick-skinned, hoofed mammals such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
A thick-skinned, insensitive, stolid person.
Any of various large, thick-skinned mammals, such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
(idiomatic) A person that is not affected by (does not care about) what others say about him or her.
(idiomatic) Someone who is insensitive.
Any of certain large, thick-skinned, hoofed animals, as the elephant, rhinoceros, and hippopotamus, formerly classified together.
Other Word Forms
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").