noun, plural hippos. Informal.

by shortening

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a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “horse” (hippodrome ); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (hippology ).
Also, especially before a vowel, hipp-.

< Greek: combining form of híppos; cognate with Latin equus, Old Irish ech, Old English eoh, Sanskrit aśvas, Lithuanian ašvà

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hippo (ˈhɪpəʊ)
n , pl -pos
1.  short for hippopotamus
2.  (South African) an armoured police car

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Example sentences
One magnificently weird interview is conducted as the subject feeds a hippo.
The current is not strong, but the rocks are slimy with hippo leavings.
It also protects the skin from becoming waterlogged when a hippo is in the
Considering their enormous size, a hippo's food intake is relatively low.
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