Rhinoceros Definition

rī-nŏsər-əs
rhinoceroses
noun
rhinoceroses
Any of a family (Rhinocerotidae) of large, heavy, thick-skinned, plant-eating, perissodactylous mammals of tropical Africa and Asia, with one or two upright horns on the snout.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Rhinoceros

Noun

Singular:
rhinoceros
Plural:
rhinoceroi, rhinoceroses

Origin of Rhinoceros

  • Middle English rinoceros from Latin rhīnocerōs from Greek rhīnokerōs rhīno- rhino- keras horn ker-1 in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin rhinoceros, from Ancient Greek ῥινόκερως (rhinokerōs), composed of ῥίς (rhis, “nose") + κέρας (kéras, “horn").

    From Wiktionary

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