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hippopotamusnoun [C]

uk   /ˌhɪp.əˈpɒt.ə.məs/  us   /ˌhɪp.əˈpɑː.t̬ə.məs/ (plural hippopotamuses or hippopotami ) (informal hippo /ˈhɪp.əʊ/  us /ˈhɪp.oʊ/ )
(Definition of hippopotamus from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hippopotamusnoun [C]

 us   /ˌhɪp·əˈpɑt̬·ə·məs/ (short form hippo,  /ˈhɪp·oʊ/ )
a large, dark gray animal of Africa that lives in or near rivers and that has a big head, short legs, and thick skin
(Definition of hippopotamus from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hippopotamus”
in Korean 하마…
in Arabic فَرَس النَّهر…
in Malaysian badak air…
in French hippopotame…
in Russian гиппопотам…
in Chinese (Traditional) 河馬…
in Italian ippopotamo…
in Turkish su aygırı, hipopotam…
in Polish hipopotam…
in Spanish hipopótamo…
in Vietnamese hà mã…
in Portuguese hipopótamo…
in Thai ฮิปโปโปเตมัส…
in German das Nilpferd…
in Catalan hipopòtam…
in Japanese カバ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 河马…
in Indonesian kuda nil…
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