follow Dictionary.com

Do you know ghouls from goblins and ghosts?

pachyderm

[pak-i-durm] /ˈpæk ɪˌdɜrm/
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
1830-1840
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
Related forms
pachydermal, pachydermous, pachydermic, pachydermoid, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for pachyderms

pachyderm

/ˈpækɪˌdɜːm/
noun
1.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pachyderms

pachyderm

n.

1838, from French pachyderme (c.1600), adopted as a biological term 1797 by French naturalist Georges Léopole Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert, Baron Cuvier (1769-1832), from Greek pachydermos "thick-skinned," from pachys "thick, large, massive," from PIE *bhengh- "thick, fat" (cf. Sanskrit bahu- "much, numerous" Avestan bazah- "height, depth," Hittite pankush "large," Old Norse bingr "heap," Old High German bungo "a bulb," Lithuanian biess "thick") + derma "skin" (see derma).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
pachyderms in Science
pachyderm
  (pāk'ĭ-dûrm')   
Any of various large, thick-skinned mammals, such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pachyderm

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pachyderms

23
24
Scrabble Words With Friends