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babirusa

or bab·i·rous·sa, bab·i·rus·sa

[ bab-uh-roo-suh, bah-buh- ]
/ ˌbæb əˈru sə, ˌbɑ bə- /
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noun

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.

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Origin of babirusa

1690–1700; <Malay, equivalent to babi pig + rusa deer
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British Dictionary definitions for babirusa

babirusa
/ (ˌbɑːbɪˈruːsə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for babirusa

C17: from Malay, from bābī hog + rūsa deer
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