Hippopotamuses get their common name from the ancient Greeks. And guess what? Hippopotamus literally translates into English as river horse.
Which animal is called a river horse?
Hippopotamuses love water, which is why the Greeks named them the “river horse.” Hippos spend up to 16 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes to keep their massive bodies cool under the hot African sun. Hippos are graceful in water, good swimmers, and can hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes.
What are river horses?
river horse. noun. an informal name for the hippopotamus.
Are hippos called water horse?
The name “hippopotamus” comes from a Greek word meaning “water horse” or “river horse.” But hippos are not related to horses at all—in fact, their closest living relatives may be pigs or whales and dolphins! There are two species of hippopotamus: the river, or common, hippo and the much smaller pygmy hippo.
What is river horse in Greek?
River Horse is the literal English translation of the Greek word Hippopotamus (ἱπποπόταμος).
Can a hippo outrun a human?
A human cannot outrun a hippo.
Hippos can run faster than 30 miles per hour, whereas the fastest human, Usain Bolt, has only clocked in at 23.4 miles…
Is hippo skin bulletproof?
The skin of a Hippo is around 2 in thick and is almost bulletproof. But a Hippo can be shot down if the bullet pierces its torso where the skin is thin.
Can you eat hippo?
Hippo meat is a popular food in Africa and is considered a delicacy. The meat of the hippo can be cooked many different ways: grilled; roasted over an open fire or spit-roasted on top coals from wood fires (a traditional method.
Are hippos faster than horses?
Horse. The word “hippopotamus” comes from the Greek word for “water horse” or “river horse,” although hippos and horses aren’t related. They are surprisingly adept and can run up to 30 mph), as fast as a horse.
Are hippos scared of horses?
Hippos are the number one human killers among the mammals and they are very aggressive animals. They are also the most dangerous animals in Africa (after mosquitoes). There is a word hippophobia which means “fear of horses” as you mentioned.
What is Hippophobia?
Hippophobia: An abnormal and persistent fear of horses. Sufferers of this fear experience undue anxiety even when a horse is known to be gentle and well trained. They usually avoid horses entirely rather than risk being kicked, bitten or thrown. They may also fear other hoofed animals such as ponies, donkeys and mules.