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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [pak-i-durm]
    • /ˈpæk ɪˌdɜrm/
    • /ˈpæk.ɪ.dɜːm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [pak-i-durm]
    • /ˈpæk ɪˌdɜrm/

Definitions of pachyderm word

  • noun pachyderm any of the thick-skinned, nonruminant ungulates, as the elephant, hippopotamus, and rhinoceros. 1
  • noun pachyderm an elephant. 1
  • noun pachyderm a person who is not sensitive to criticism, ridicule, etc.; a thick-skinned person. 1
  • noun pachyderm thick-skinned animal: elephant, etc. 1
  • countable noun pachyderm A pachyderm is a large thick-skinned animal such as an elephant or rhinoceros. 0
  • noun pachyderm any very large thick-skinned mammal, such as an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus 0

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Origin of pachyderm

First appearance:

before 1830
One of the 36% newest English words
1830-40; < New Latin Pachyderma, assumed singular of Pachydermata (plural) obsolete order name < Greek pachý(s) thick + -dérmata, neuter plural of -dermatos -skinned, adj. derivative of dermat-, stem of dérma skin, derma1

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pachyderm popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 59% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for pachyderm

noun pachyderm

  • boar — A boar or a wild boar is a wild pig.
  • mastodon — a massive, elephantlike mammal of the genus Mammut (Mastodon), that flourished worldwide from the Miocene through the Pleistocene epochs and, in North America, into recent times, having long, curved upper tusks and, in the male, short lower tusks.
  • elephant — A heavy plant-eating mammal with a prehensile trunk, long curved ivory tusks, and large ears, native to Africa and southern Asia. It is the largest living land animal.
  • mammoth — any large, elephantlike mammal of the extinct genus Mammuthus, from the Pleistocene Epoch, having hairy skin and ridged molar teeth.

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