Definition of River horse

1. Noun. Massive thick-skinned herbivorous animal living in or around rivers of tropical Africa.

Definition of River horse

1. Noun. (poetic) hippopotamus ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of River Horse

river basin
river basins
river bed
river beds
river birch
river blindness
river boat
river bottom
river boulder
river cooter
river crab
river dolphin
river god
river gods
river gum
river horse (current term)
river horses
river lamprey
river lampreys
river limpet
river otter
river pear
river prawn
river rat
river rats
river red gum
river shad
river turtle

Literary usage of River horse

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1. Personal Narrative of Explorations and Incidents in Texas, New Mexico by John Russell Bartlett (1854)
"... Road at Concho River—Horse wounded by a rattlesnake—Character of country and vegetation— Mustang roads—Scarcity of water—Prairie on fire—Deceptive maps— ..."

2. Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1849)
"AMONG the peculiar superstitions of this country is the River-Horse, a supernatural being, supposed to feed, in the shape of a horse, on the banks of the ..."

3. Scandinavian Folk-lore: Illustrations of the Traditional Beliefs of the by William Alexander Craigie (1896)
"THE river-horse (back-hasten) is very malicious, for, not content with ... The river-horse wanted to get the man on his back, when he would soon have ..."

4. The Youth's Companion, Or, An Historical Dictionary: Consisting of Articles by Ezra Sampson (1813)
"... is said to be the ordinary produce of an acre, in Asia: in Carolina, the fields produce only one crop in the year—4. Smith. river horse, or ..."

5. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1838)
"That the River-horse is an inveterate enemy to the Crocodile, ... That the River-horse never appears below the cataracts in Egypt,* wherefore the ..."

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