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hippo

[hip-oh] /ˈhɪp oʊ/
noun, plural hippos. Informal.
Origin
by shortening

Hippo

[hip-oh] /ˈhɪp oʊ/
noun

hippo-

1.
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-.
Origin
< Greek: combining form of híppos; cognate with Latin equus, Old Irish ech, Old English eoh, Sanskrit aśvas, Lithuanian ašvà
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  • 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 water.
  • Considering their enormous size, a hippo's food intake is relatively low.
  • Later that month they agreed to stop targeting the gorillas, but the hippo killings continue, scientists say.
British Dictionary definitions for hippo

hippo

/ˈhɪpəʊ/
noun (informal) (pl) -pos
1.
short for hippopotamus
2.
(South African) an armoured police car
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Word Origin and History for hippo
n.

short for hippopotamus, attested from 1872.

hippo-

before vowels, hipp-, word-forming element meaning "horse," from Greek hippo-, from hippos "horse," from PIE *ekwo- (see equine).

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Related Abbreviations for hippo

hippo

hippopotamus
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