Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The hippopotamus.
“Liverpool started and snorted like a river-horse roused amongst his reeds by thunder.”
“Douville re-echoed the assertion — that the river-horse and the crocodile will not live together; the reason is, simply, that upon the seaboard, where these animals were first observed, the crocodile prefers the fresh water of the river, the hippopotamus the brackish water at its mouth.”
“The animal is fond of water in every way, whether for drinking or for bathing purposes; and this explains the peculiar constitution of the hippopotamus or river-horse.”
“It was overturned, its bottom ripped out, one side crushed as if a river-horse had played with it.”
“The hippopotamus, or river-horse, is found exclusively in the great rivers, lakes, and swamps of Africa.”
“The river-horse couches there among the bulrushes, and on a great granite throne sits the God Memnon.”
“Fish-spearing and meat-hunting were set about with promptitude, and on the second day we were happy enough to slay a yearling river-horse, which gave provisions in all sufficiency.”
“At the entrance from the sea sharks are found in great abundance, and, higher up, alligators and the hippopotamus (or river-horse) are very numerous.”
“And there's a river-horse!' said the Psammead, as a great beast like an enormous slaty-blue slug showed itself against the black bank on the far side of the stream.”
“Don't be silly little duffers,' said the Psammead in its friendly, informal way; 'it's not a river-horse.”
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