from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the hippopotamus; hence, figuratively, ponderous.
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You were not hired for your brains, you hippopotamic land mass.
When a shot is fired into a sleeping herd, all start up on their feet, and stare with peculiar stolid looks of hippopotamic surprise, and wait for another shot before dashing into deep water.
For in loving his own children he is doing something which is (if I may use the phrase) far more essentially hippopotamic than dandling hippopotami; he is doing as they do.