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pachyderm

any large, thick-skinned, non-ruminant, hoofed mammal, such as the elephant, hippopotamus or rhinoceros.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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