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Rhinóceros. n.s. [ῥῖν and κέρας; rhinocerot, Fr.] A vast beast in the East Indies armed with a horn in his front.

Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear,
The arm'd rhinoceros, or Hyrcanian tyger;
Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
Shall never tremble.
Shakesp. Macbeth.

If you draw your beast in an emblem, shew a landscape of the country natural to the beast; as to the rhinoceros an East Indian landscape, the crocodile, an Egyptian. Peacham.

Sources: Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Peacham, Henry (53)

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