rhinoceros

[rahy-nos-er-uhs]
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:
1300–50; 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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rhinoceros (raɪˈnɒsərəs, -ˈnɒsrəs)
 
n , pl -oses, -os
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
 
[C13: via Latin from Greek rhinokerōs, from rhis nose + keras horn]
 
rhinocerotic
 
adj

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rhinoceros
c.1300, from L. rhinoceros, from Gk. rhinokeros, from rhinos "nose" (a word of unknown origin) + keras "horn." Shortened form rhino is first attested 1884.
"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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Occasionally hippopotamus is also taken, but adult rhinoceroses are generally avoided.
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