What animal's name translated from Greek would mean river horse?
the hippopotamus is called the river horse. it's name was derived from the greek word hippos meaning horse and potamos meaning river.
το άλογο means " the horse " in MODERN Greek the word hippopatomus is from the ancient word for horse which is "ippos" plus the word for river which is "potamos" - don't know why the English insist on putting a consonent such as H in front of every Greek name and word that starts with a vowel but it is IPPOS not HIPPO......... That is why they sometimes call the hippo the horse of…
Philip doesn't come from hippopotamus, but has something in common with it. Philip < (Greek) Φίλιππος [feeleepos] < φίλος + ίππος hippopotamus < (Greek) `ιπποπόταμος [heepopotamos] < ίππος + ποταμός ίππος [eepos] = horse φίλος [feelos] = friend, lover ποταμός [potamos] = river So, Φίλιππος = "horse-lover" ιπποπόταμος = "river-horse"