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rhinoceros

[rahy-nos-er-uh s] /raɪˈnɒs ər əs/
noun, plural rhinoceroses (especially collectively) rhinoceros.
1.
any of several large, thick-skinned, perissodactyl mammals of the family Rhinocerotidae, of Africa and India, having one or two upright horns on the snout: all rhinoceroses are endangered.
2.
Douay Bible. unicorn (def 4).
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English rinoceros < Late Latin rhīnoceros < Greek rhīnókerōs, equivalent to rhīno- rhino- + -kerōs -horned, adj. derivative of kéras horn (of an animal)
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British Dictionary definitions for rhino ceros

rhinoceros

/raɪˈnɒsərəs; -ˈnɒsrəs/
noun (pl) -oses, -os
1.
any of several perissodactyl mammals constituting the family Rhinocerotidae of SE Asia and Africa and having either one horn on the nose, like the Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), or two horns, like the African white rhinoceros (Diceros simus) They have a very thick skin, massive body, and three digits on each foot
Derived Forms
rhinocerotic (ˌraɪnəʊsɪˈrɒtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C13: via Latin from Greek rhinokerōs, from rhis nose + keras horn
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Word Origin and History for rhino ceros

rhinoceros

n.

c.1300, from Latin rhinoceros, from Greek rhinokeros, literally "nose-horned," from rhinos "nose" (a word of unknown origin) + keras "horn" (see kerato-). Related: Rhinocerotic.

What is the plural of rhinoceros? ... Well, Liddell and Scott seem to authorize 'rhinocerotes,' which is pedantic, but 'rhinoceroses' is not euphonious. [Sir Charles Eliot, "The East Africa Protectorate," 1905]

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