Word of the day #44: rhinoceros

Word of the Day is designed to help children learn how to use a dictionary, whilst simultaneously expanding their vocabulary. Today’s Word of the Day begins with the letter ‘R’. The word is: rhinoceros.

rhinoceros

n a large, heavily built plant-eating mammal with one or two horns on the nose and thick folded skin. Native to Africa and South Asia. Sometimes shortened to ‘rhino’.

The word ‘rhinoceros’ comes from the Greek words ‘rhis’ or ‘rhin’ (nose) and ‘keras’ (horn).

Interesting facts about rhinoceroses:

  • Rhinos can sleep standing up as well as lying down
  • They have very bad eyesight, but a very good sense of smell
  • Rhinos can run at a speed of 30 to 40 miles per hour.
  • A rhino’s horn continues to grow throughout its life.
  • Rhinos can get sunburn!
  • Rhinos can go four or five days without drinking water
  • Hunters kill rhinos for their horns that are used in traditional Chinese medicine
  • There are five types (0r species) of rhino: two African and three Asian. The African species are the black and white rhinos. The Asian ones are the Indian, Javan and Sumatran. The Indian and Javan rhinos have only one horn. The rest have two.
  • All five species are in danger of extinction.
  • Rhinos have lived on earth for over 5o million years
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