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    hippopotamus Vs. behemoth

    Hello teachers,
    Dictionaries say:

    behemoth /bɪˈhiːmɒθ/ n

    • a gigantic beast, probably a hippopotamus, described in Job 40:15
    • a huge or monstrous person or thing

    hippopotamus /ˌhɪpəˈpɒtəməs/ n ( pl -muses, -mi / -ˌmaɪ/)

    • a very large massive gregarious artiodactyl mammal, Hippopotamus amphibius, living in or around the rivers of tropical Africa: family Hippopotamidae. It has short legs and a thick skin sparsely covered with hair

    Here is the picture of the animal.

    This is my question: Can we say that Behemoth is the synonym of Hippopotamus? Suppose that I go to a jungle and see a hippopotamus. Then I come back home and say to my father: "Daddy, I saw a Behemoth"
    Will my father be sure that my meaning of (Behemoth) was (Hippopotamus) or it can refer to other big animals too?
    I mean the picture I have uploaded.
    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: hippopotamus Vs. behemoth

    The answer to all you questions is "No". Not many native speakers know the word 'behemoth'. Those who do use it it like this.
    Last edited by Tdol; 21-Aug-2013 at 12:55. Reason: Typo

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    Re: hippopotamus Vs. behemoth

    Additionally, you can check out the Fraze.It site for examples of 'behemoth' used in 1,243 sentences.

    I haven't looked at them all, but it would surprise me if 'hippopotamus' could be used instead in any of them.


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