[Gk. rhis, rhinos, the nose; and keras, a horn.] A hoofed animal with a horn, and next in size to the elephant. Its horn is placed upon the skin behind the nostrils. It is not unlike whalebone, and is made of a number of fine hairs firmly glued and pressed together. The point of the tip is very smooth and quite sharp, but the lower part where it joins the skin is rough. It is very heavy, and is made into drinking-cups. The Indian or white rhinoceros and the Javan rhinoceros have one horn. Two or three African kinds have two horns, but no canine or incisor teeth. The lower horn stands straight out from the head, and is often 4 feet long. The rhinoceros is from 4 to 5 feet in height and 11 in length, and has such a thick, tough skin that nothing can pierce it, therefore the natives make it into shields. The rhinoceros has a savage temper, and is a dangerous enemy. It lives alone in thick forests by the banks of rivers; for it is a great swimmer, and spends a great portion of its time in water, where it can easily find leaves and grasses for food. It has on each foot three toes, with a hoof on each toe.