pachyderm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pachyderm any of various nonruminant hoofed mammals having very thick skin: elephant; rhinoceros; hippopotamus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n pachyderm păk"ĭ*dẽrm (Zoöl) Any of various nonruminant hoofed mammals having very thick skin, including the elephant rhinoceros, and hippopotamus, one of the Pachydermata.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pachyderm Thick-skinned, as a member of the Pachydermata. Also pachydermal, pachydermatous, pachydermous.
    • n pachyderm A non-ruminant hoofed quadruped; any member of the old order Pachydermata.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. pachyderme,

Usage

In literature:

Tarzan laughed aloud and came closer above the head of the pachyderm.
"Jungle Tales of Tarzan" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
A number of tame pachyderms are taken along to persuade the wild ones to follow.
"Tom Swift and his Wizard Camera" by Victor Appleton
And now I want, so to speak, to roll in the grass and among the dandelions with the other pachyderms.
"A Mortal Antipathy" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Behind our friends, trumpeting, bellowing and crashing came the pachyderms.
"Tom Swift and his Electric Rifle" by Victor Appleton
Our blundering political system is pachydermic in its irresponsiveness.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
Nature, in her wisdom, has sent the little rhino bird to act as a sentinel for the great pachyderm.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
It had not been a delicate negotiation, because Mrs. Cole-Mortimer had the skin of a pachyderm.
"The Angel of Terror" by Edgar Wallace
She's a pachyderm and she's a pig; and, if she keeps on, she'll drag her husband to her level.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
Some pachyderms have five toes covered with horn; some four, some three.
"Evolution, Old & New" by Samuel Butler
Billy Barry and his kind are pachyderms.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
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In news:

Play that funky music, pachyderm.
To fight loneliness, pachyderm speaks five words (+video).
Political comedian Eric Golub will be featured at a meeting of the Elkhart County Pachyderm Club on Wednesday.
Scottie Mayfield, candidate for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District, spoke to the Hamilton County Pachyderm Club on Monday.
Another pachyderm from the producers of Rhinofest.
Pete Monohan is Pachyderm Studio's live-in custodian.
Rep Wamp will seek governor's seat, asks local Pachyderm Club for support.
COLUMBIA — Missouri's Republican Majority Leader Steven Tilley will be in Columbia on Friday to stump for GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani to Columbia's Pachyderm Club.
Sad end for Phoenix's celebrated painting pachyderm .
A Pre-Planetary Pachydermic Proboscis .
The speckle-eared pachyderm escaped machetes and famine, and now rests as Phnom Penh's totem of good things.
That, in a peanut shell, is how a 34-year-old female Asian elephant in the Bronx Zoo showed researchers that pachyderms can recognize themselves in a mirror _ complex behavior observed in only a few other species.
Instead of one species of elephant, Africa has two, researchers said on Tuesday, confirming suspicions about the two distinctly different looking pachyderms.
A parade of pachyderms is coming to the nation's capital.
After 28 years in the rigours of the circus industry, Jumbo the elephant is enjoying her first Christmas as a pachyderm of leisure.
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In science:

What is illegitimate is to create the impression that this theorem has something to do with biological pachyderms.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
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