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Vetstreet.com: 8 Surprisingly Misnamed Animals

White Rhino

There are two types of African rhinoceros— white and black — but you won't be able to tell them apart by color, seeing as both species are a dark brownish-gray. The white rhino's name is commonly said to derive from the Dutch word "weit," which means wide. And the white rhino's square muzzle is indeed wider than that of the black rhino's more pointed one. But since no written record of the term's true origins exists, we'll probably never know for sure.

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