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[pak-i-durm] /ˈpæk ɪˌdɜrm/
any of the thick-skinned, nonruminant ungulates, as the elephant, hippopotamus, and rhinoceros.
an elephant.
a person who is not sensitive to criticism, ridicule, etc.; a thick-skinned person.
1830-40; < Neo-Latin Pachyderma, assumed singular of Pachydermata (plural) obsolete order name < Greek pachý(s) thick + -dérmata, neuter plural of -dermatos -skinned, adj. derivative of dermat-, stem of dérma skin, derma1
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pachydermal, pachydermous, pachydermic, pachydermoid, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for pachyderm
  • Some researchers are pointing to a species-wide trauma and the fraying of the fabric of pachyderm society.
  • What emerged was a portrait of pervasive pachyderm dysfunction.
  • So fans have begun camping out for hours to await the pachyderm procession.
  • The royal pachyderm is only one feature of this edition of the circus.
British Dictionary definitions for pachyderm


any very large thick-skinned mammal, such as an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus
Derived Forms
pachydermatous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French pachyderme, from Greek pakhudermos thick-skinned, from pakhus thick + derma skin
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Word Origin and History for pachyderm
1838, from Fr. pachyderme (c.1600), adopted as a biological term 1797 by Fr. naturalist Georges Léopole Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert, Baron Cuvier (1769-1832), from Gk. pachydermos "thick-skinned," from pachys "thick" (from PIE *bhengh-, cf. Skt. bahu- "much") + derma "skin."
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pachyderm in Science
Any of various large, thick-skinned mammals, such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
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