Latin name: Yppotamus
Other names: Equus fluminis, River horse
Category: Beast

A large beast called the river horse

General Attributes

The name hippopotamus, meaning river horse, is derived from hippo, horse and potamus, river. It was said to live during the day in the Nile River, and to come out on land at night to graze.


The hippopotamus illustrations often are somewhat horse-like, but vary considerably.