Synonyms for pachyderm

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"It is a pachyderm—consequently, a relation of the pig," answered my friend.

She's a pachyderm and she's a pig; and, if she keeps on, she'll drag her husband to her level.

It had not been a delicate negotiation, because Mrs. Cole-Mortimer had the skin of a pachyderm.

The words ought to have scorched him, pachyderm though he was.

A little more of the pachyderm would help me in this respect.

It is true there was much reason in his holding to the opinion that the hyrax is no pachyderm.

Are you going among elephants, Flix, and don't know what a pachyderm is?

"He needn't be, perched on the top of the pachyderm," answered Scott.

All of them had heard that an ordinary leaden bullet will not penetrate the tough thick skin of the great “pachyderm.”

This pachyderm and Rhinoceros tichorhinus are cited as characterising the loess in various parts of the valley of the Rhine.

WORD ORIGIN

1838, from French pachyderme (c.1600), adopted as a biological term 1797 by French naturalist Georges Léopole Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert, Baron Cuvier (1769-1832), from Greek pachydermos "thick-skinned," from pachys "thick, large, massive," from PIE *bhengh- "thick, fat" (cf. Sanskrit bahu- "much, numerous" Avestan bazah- "height, depth," Hittite pankush "large," Old Norse bingr "heap," Old High German bungo "a bulb," Lithuanian biess "thick") + derma "skin" (see derma).

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