pachyderm

[pak-i-durm]
noun
1.
any of the thick-skinned, nonruminant ungulates, as the elephant, hippopotamus, and rhinoceros.
2.
an elephant.
3.
a person who is not sensitive to criticism, ridicule, etc.; a thick-skinned person.

Origin:
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

pachydermal, pachydermous, pachydermic, pachydermoid, adjective
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pachyderm (ˈpækɪˌdɜːm)
 
n
any very large thick-skinned mammal, such as an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus
 
[C19: from French pachyderme, from Greek pakhudermos thick-skinned, from pakhus thick + derma skin]
 
pachy'dermatous
 
adj

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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   (pāk'ĭ-dûrm')  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various large, thick-skinned mammals, such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
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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.
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