1. hippo- + potam- + -us (Latin suffix).
2. => river horse, horse of the river.
- hippopotamus:  Etymologically, a hippopotamus is a ‘river horse’. The word comes, via Latin, from late Greek hippopótamos, a lexicalization of an earlier phrase híppos ho potámios, literally ‘horse of the river’. Other English descendants of híppos (a relative of Latin equus ‘horse’) include hippodrome , from a Greek compound that meant originally ‘horse-race’ (-drome occurs also in aerodrome and dromedary), and the name Philip, literally ‘lover of horses’. The abbreviation hippo, incidentally, dates from the mid-19th century.
=> equine, hippodrome
- hippopotamus (n.)
- 1560s, from Late Latin hippopotamus, from Greek hippopotamus "riverhorse" (earlier ho hippos ho potamios "the horse of the river"), from hippos "horse" (see equine) + potamos "river, rushing water" (see potamo-). Replaced Middle English ypotame (c. 1300), which is from the same source but via Old French. Glossed in Old English as sæhengest.
Ypotamos comen flyngynge. ... Grete bestes and griselich ["Kyng Alisaunder," c. 1300]
- 1. And so what does Hippopotamus wish to close with?
- 2. The children enjoyed watching the hippopotamus wallowing ( about ) in the mud.
- 孩子们真喜观看河马在泥中 打滚.
- 3. A hippopotamus surfs the waves off the coast of Gabon.
- 4. A huge animal, possibly hippopotamus, described in the Old Testament.
- 在旧约中描述的宏大动物, 可能是河马.
- 5. The children enjoyed watching the hippopotamus wallowing in the mud.
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