American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a pachyderm.
- adj. Thick-skinned; insensitive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same aspachyderm.
- Figuratively, thick-skinned; insensible to ridicule, abuse, reproof, etc.
- adj. of or relating to the pachyderms
- adj. thick-skinned, insensitive
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the pachyderms.
- adj. Thick-skinned; not sensitive to ridicule.
- adj. (Med.) Of or pertaining to pachyderma.
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of pachyderms
- adj. emotionally hardened
- pachy- + -dermatous (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Pachydermata, obsolete order name; see pachyderm + -ous. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This combination, of ratlike claws and pachydermatous-size insteps, causes the subject to be very cautious about where, and indeed when, he takes off his shoes.”
“But even a Flamburian may at last be pierced; and then (as with other pachydermatous animals) the hole, once made, is almost certain to grow larger.”
“Cutler, the British officer, was pachydermatous to ideas, but punctilious about behaviour.”
“Farther on, the pachydermatous lophiodon (crested toothed), a gigantic tapir, hides behind the rocks to dispute its prey with the anoplotherium”
“A dozen of red partridges and rays were speedily brought down, and Glenarvan also managed very cleverly to kill a TAY-TETRE, or peccary, a pachydermatous animal, the flesh of which is excellent eating.”
“Those having the fewest dermal plates were most agile, while their more pachydermatous mates toiled in ponderous slow motion.”
“She had piqued his curiosity, aroused his interest and disturbed by just a pin-prick his pachydermatous equanimity; she would not raise again before the draw.”
“In advance of the troops came the armoured train, a pachydermatous monster which moved cumbrously in front of the column, and was saluted by the smoking wrath of big guns as soon as it appeared.”
“The wonder is that the country ever got governed at all, but it seems that all public men who had any fixed and sensible ideas and wished to see them carried out, had to make themselves callous, pachydermatous, hardened against this offensive mud-slinging.”
“By and by he will take the hint, if not wholly pachydermatous, and go away of his own accord.”
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