hippo vs hippopotamus what difference

what is difference between hippo and hippopotamus

English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhɪpəʊ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɪpoʊ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪpəʊ

Noun

hippo (plural hippos)

  1. Clipping of hippopotamus.

Derived terms

  • hippo fly


English

Alternative forms

  • hippopotamos (archaic)
  • hippotamus (obsolete)

Etymology

From Latin and New Latin hippopotamus, from Ancient Greek ἱπποπόταμος (hippopótamos), from ἵππος (híppos, horse) (English hippo-) + ποταμός (potamós, river).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌhɪ.pə.ˈpɒ.tə.məs/
  • Hyphenation: hip‧po‧po‧ta‧mus

Noun

hippopotamus (plural hippopotamuses or hippopotamusses or hippopotami or hippopotamoi or hippopotamus)

  1. A large, semi-aquatic, herbivorous (plant-eating) African mammal (Hippopotamus amphibius).
  2. Any similar animal of the family Hippopotamidae.

Synonyms

  • (semi-aquatic mammal): hippo, river horse

Derived terms

  • pygmy hippopotamus

Related terms

  • hippo-
  • potamic

Translations

Synonyms

  • (a large, herbivorous African mammal): hippo, river horse

Latin

Etymology

From Ancient Greek ἱπποπόταμος (hippopótamos), from ἵππος (híppos, horse) + ποταμός (potamós, river).

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /hip.poˈpo.ta.mus/, [hɪpːɔˈpɔt̪ämʊs̠]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ip.poˈpo.ta.mus/, [ipːɔˈpɔːt̪ɑmus]

Noun

hippopotamus m (genitive hippopotamī); second declension

  1. a hippopotamus

Declension

Second-declension noun.

Descendants

  • English: hippopotamus
  • Portuguese: hipopótamo

References

  • hippopotamus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • hippopotamus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette

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