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or bab·i·rous·sa, bab·i·rus·sa

[bab-uh-roo-suh, bah-buh-]
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  1. an East Indian swine, Babyrousa babyrussa, the male of which has upper canine teeth growing upward through the roof of the mouth and curving toward the eyes, and lower canine teeth growing upward outside the upper jaw.

Origin of babirusa

1690–1700; < Malay, equivalent to babi pig + rusa deer
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Examples from the Web for babirusa

Historical Examples

  • I also obtained a skull of the babirusa, one specimen of which was killed by native hunters during my residence at Cajeli.

    The Malay Archipelago

    Alfred Russell Wallace

  • At this time the babirusa may have entered Bouru, since it probably swims as well as its allies the pigs.

    The Malay Archipelago

    Alfred Russell Wallace

  • Unlike ordinary wild pigs, the babirusa produces uniformly coloured young.

  • Next day we started with our friend into the neighbouring forest, in chase of the babirusa or pig-deer.

    In the Eastern Seas

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for babirusa


  1. a wild pig, Babyrousa babyrussa, inhabiting marshy forests in Indonesia. It has an almost hairless wrinkled skin and enormous curved canine teeth

Word Origin

C17: from Malay, from bābī hog + rūsa deer
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