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hippopotamusnoun [C]

uk   /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 Africa
Translations of “hippopotamus”
in Arabic فَرَس النَّهر…
in Korean 하마…
in Malaysian badak air…
in French hippopotame…
in Turkish su aygırı, hipopotam…
in Italian ippopotamo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 河馬…
in Russian гиппопотам…
in Polish hipopotam…
in Vietnamese hà mã…
in Spanish hipopótamo…
in Portuguese hipopótamo…
in Thai ฮิปโปโปเตมัส…
in German das Nilpferd…
in Catalan hipopòtam…
in Japanese カバ…
in Indonesian kuda nil…
in Chinese (Simplified) 河马…
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