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[tey-per, tuh-peer] /ˈteɪ pər, təˈpɪər/
noun, plural tapirs (especially collectively) tapir.
any of several large, stout, three-toed ungulates of the family Tapiridae, of Central and South America, the Malay Peninsula, and Sumatra, somewhat resembling swine and having a long, flexible snout: all species are threatened or endangered.
Origin of tapir
1560-70;Tupi tapira
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taper, tapir. Unabridged
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noun (pl) -pirs, -pir
any perissodactyl mammal of the genus Tapirus, such as T. indicus (Malayan tapir), of South and Central America and SE Asia, having an elongated snout, three-toed hind legs, and four-toed forelegs: family Tapiridae
Word Origin
C18: from Tupi tapiira
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Word Origin and History for tapir

1774, perhaps from French tapir (1580), ultimately from Tupi (Brazil) tapira.

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