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Anonymous asked in 寵物其他:寵物 · 2 decades ago

河馬的問題....

河馬是算哪一種動物阿??它長的又不像馬.....為什麼有"馬"字 ??

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  • 2 decades ago
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    河馬是偶蹄目(Artiodactyla),河馬科(Hippopotamidae)

    河馬的英文是Hippopotamus,分別由兩個希臘文組成

    「hippos」是"馬"的意思

    「potamos」是"河"的意思

    因為古時候的希臘人認為河馬跟馬是有血緣關係,所以命名時候以河中的馬來取名

    河馬也可稱做 river horse  

    現在科學家研究的結果,河馬跟鯨魚是親戚.......

    農委會漁業署-海馬的命名也是一樣

    這英文網站有說明

    The name hippopotamus is from hippos (Greek) a horse, and potamos (Greek) a river - although "river-pig" would be much more appropriate! While this ungulate is large in comparison to most others, it gets its name 'pygmy' from the fact that it is much smaller than the river hippopotamus..

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