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hippopotamus

noun [C]     /ˌhɪp.əˈpɒt.ə.məs/ US  /-ˈpɑː.t̬ə-/ (plural hippopotamuses or hippopotami) (informal hippo /ˈhɪp.əʊ/ US  /ˈhɪp.oʊ/)
a very large animal with short legs and thick, dark grey skin that lives near water in AfricaWild mammalsHumans, apes and monkeysFelines (cats)Canines (dogs)Deer and antelopeRodents and similar animalsMarine mammals
(Definition of hippopotamus noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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