Is the plural for hippopotamus hippopotami?

HippopotamusI’m not really sure what the true plural of hippopotamus is. Honestly, I don’t really care. I do however find it very interesting to know that a group of hippopotamuses (hippopotami?) is called a bloat. Also interesting to know is that a group of giraffes is called a tower and a group of porcupines is a prickle. Want to know more? Check out this link from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Wildlife Research Center, where they list common animal congregations and their names.  So the next time you are cornered by a barrel of monkeys (yes, that’s what they’re called), you can at least know what to call them.

Animal Congregations –



4 responses to “Is the plural for hippopotamus hippopotami?

  1. twas interesting

  2. No, it is conjugated as ‘templus’. So the plural of (one) hippopotamus is (two) hippopotamus

  3. It was a joke there buddy.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s