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 for River horse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hippopotamus \Hip`po*pot"a*mus\, n.; pl. E. Hippopotamuses, L.
     Hippopotami. [L., from Gr.?; "i`ppos horse + ? river. Cf.
     Equine.] (Zool.)
     A large, amphibious, herbivorous mammal ({Hippopotamus
     amphibius), common in the rivers of tropical Africa. It is
     allied to the hogs, and has a very thick, naked skin, a thick
     and square head, a very large muzzle, small eyes and ears,
     thick and heavy body, and short legs. It is supposed to be
     the behemoth of the Bible. Called also zeekoe, and river
     horse. A smaller species ({Hippopotamus Liberiencis})
     inhabits Western Africa.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  River \Riv"er\, n. [F. riv[`e]re a river, LL. riparia river,
     bank of a river, fr. L. riparius belonging to a bank or
     shore, fr. ripa a bank or shore; of uncertain origin. Cf.
     Arrive, Riparian.]
     1. A large stream of water flowing in a bed or channel and
        emptying into the ocean, a sea, a lake, or another stream;
        a stream larger than a rivulet or brook.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Transparent and sparkling rivers, from which it is
              delightful to drink as they flow.     --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Fig.: A large stream; copious flow; abundance; as, rivers
        of blood; rivers of oil.
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     River chub (Zool.), the hornyhead and allied species of
        fresh-water fishes.
  
     River crab (Zool.), any species of fresh-water crabs of the
        genus Thelphusa, as Thelphusa depressa of Southern
        Europe.
  
     River dragon, a crocodile; -- applied by Milton to the king
        of Egypt.
  
     River driver, a lumberman who drives or conducts logs down
        rivers. --Bartlett.
  
     River duck (Zool.), any species of duck belonging to
        Anas, Spatula, and allied genera, in which the hind
        toe is destitute of a membranous lobe, as in the mallard
        and pintail; -- opposed to sea duck.
  
     River god, a deity supposed to preside over a river as its
        tutelary divinity.
  
     River herring (Zool.), an alewife.
  
     River hog. (Zool.)
        (a) Any species of African wild hogs of the genus
            Potamoch[oe]rus. They frequent wet places along the
            rivers.
        (b) The capybara.
  
     River horse (Zool.), the hippopotamus.
  
     River jack (Zool.), an African puff adder ({Clotho
        nasicornis) having a spine on the nose.
  
     River limpet (Zool.), a fresh-water, air-breathing mollusk
        of the genus Ancylus, having a limpet-shaped shell.
  
     River pirate (Zool.), the pike.
  
     River snail (Zool.), any species of fresh-water gastropods
        of Paludina, Melontho, and allied genera. See Pond
        snail, under Pond.
  
     River tortoise (Zool.), any one of numerous fresh-water
        tortoises inhabiting rivers, especially those of the genus
        Trionyx and allied genera. See Trionyx.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  river horse
      n 1: massive thick-skinned herbivorous animal living in or
           around rivers of tropical Africa [syn: hippopotamus,
           hippo, river horse, Hippopotamus amphibius]

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