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Pachyderm

Pronunciation: [ pak-i-durm ]


Definition: noun

a very large mammal with thick skin, especially an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus

Origin: Mid-19th century; Greek


Etymology: from French pachyderme, from Greek pakhudermos, from pakhus ‘thick’ + derma ‘skin’

Usage:

Synonyms:

  • elephant

  • mammoth

  • rhinoceros

  • hippopotamus

  • mastodon

Example: If the circus has an elephant, it has a pachyderm.


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