Definition of rhino in English:

rhino

noun

informal
  • A rhinoceros.

    • ‘Animals like tigers, rhinos and elephants are hunted for the high mercantile value they attract in the international markets.’
    • ‘A good idea is to board the little train which encircles the zoo enclosure and allows you to see the giraffes, hippos, zebra, camels and rhinos.’
    • ‘When was the last time you saw a giraffe or a rhino proudly prodding a charred chunk of wildebeest round a barbeque?’
    • ‘That's because, left unchecked, black rhino populations can grow to the point where females are competing with other rhinos for food.’
    • ‘He commands elephants, wrestles rhinos, and kills lions and crocodiles with his bare hands.’
    • ‘The illegal logging destroys the habitat of rare species such as orang-utans, Sumatran rhinos, and sun bears.’
    • ‘Mopeds carrying live ducks, roadsides littered with dead snakes, a leopard, an elephant and a rhino were just some of the more unusual sights.’
    • ‘Rankine says some experts have estimated that a million black rhinos may have roamed Africa at the turn of the 20th century.’
    • ‘The list of the critically endangered include the black rhino and Siberian tiger and the Amur leopard of Asia.’
    • ‘Harris and Leakey review the rhinos, represented by cranial, dental, and postcranial fossils.’
    • ‘Modern rhinos are, unfortunately, so rare that fossil assemblages are far more common than modern assemblages.’
    • ‘We forbid the sale of goods made from endangered species such as elephants and rhino.’
    • ‘The firm, which provides a one-stop shop for cattle housing, supplied housing for elephants and rhinos at the park.’
    • ‘The Indian rhino has well-developed incisor teeth and two long canine teeth in its lower jaw.’
    • ‘The remains of forest elephants, rhinos, and a cave lion indicate that the climate was generally warmer than it is there today.’
    • ‘It's been observed in many other bird species besides parrots and macaws, as well as elephants, macaques, giraffes, rhinos and chimpanzees.’
    • ‘The remaining toes not used for walking are either reduced, as in pigs and tapirs, or completely lost, as in rhinos and most ruminants.’
    • ‘There are only about 30 of the rhinos left, and they ‘are very, very elusive,’ Jewell said.’
    • ‘Although the living African rhinos have lost their incisors, the horns are elongated and function as the primary weapon.’
    • ‘Changes are also being introduced in the diet pattern and bread is being removed to bring in rice and milk, which is being given to monkeys, rhinos and elephants.’
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Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

rhino

/ˈrʌɪnəʊ/