Definition of "pachyderm" [pach•y•derm]

  • Any of various large, thick-skinned, hoofed mammals such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus. (noun)
  • Any very large thick-skinned mammal, such as an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus (noun)

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Use "pachyderm" in a sentence
  • "The paper said the pachyderm is estimated to be 18 years old and is the fifth white elephant captured since 2001."
  • "'Dismissing constitutional checks and balances, which cannot resist it or deflect its course, the presidential pachyderm is spurred only by forces that stand outside institutions -- the media and the street.'"
  • "To be in politics, a person is better off, bein 'called a pachyderm, rather than a weasel."