RHINOC'EROS, n. [L. rhinoceros; Gr. nose-horn.]A genus of quadrupeds of two species, one of which, the unicorn, as a single horn growing almost erect from the nose. This animal when full grown, is said to be 12 feet in length. There is another species with two horns, the bicornis. They are natives of Asia and Africa.
RHI-NOC'E-ROS, n. [Fr. rhinoceros or rhinocerot; It. and Sp. rinoceronte; L. rhinoceros; Gr. ῥινοκερως, nose-horn; ῥιν, the nose, W. rhyn, a point, and κερας, a horn.]
A large pachydermatous mammal, nearly allied to the elephant, the hippopotamus, the tapir, &c. Five species are described by naturalists. Two of these have a single horn on the nose, and three of them have two horns. Rhinoceros Indicus inhabits India, especially the banks of the Ganges; R. Africanus and R. Simus inhabit southern Africa; and R. Sumatrensis and R. Sondaicus inhabit Sumatra.
- Any pachyderm belonging to the genera
Rhinoceros, Atelodus, and several allied genera of the
family Rhinocerotidæ, of which several living, and many
extinct, species are known. They are large and powerful, and usually
have either one or two stout conical median horns on the