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- noun (Zoöl.) A hippopotamus.
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- noun archaic
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With a cry that resembled the combined snorting of a hog and the neighing of a horse, the "zeekoe" faced back towards the lagoon; but, instead of moving off, it commenced turning slowly round and round, as a dog may be sometimes seen to do before laying himself down to repose.
Herodotus, Aristotle, Diodorus, and Pliny have all given descriptions more or less correct of the hippopotamus, river-horse, or zeekoe
Many of the Cape colonists are very fond of what they call "zeekoe speek," which is a portion of the flesh salted and preserved.