- 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
Related Words for tapirhog, horse, cow, elephant, pig, swine, cattle, tapir, camel, deer, rhinoceros, giraffe, llama, buffalo, hippopotamus
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Historical Examples of tapir
And the white bones of the tapir lay in a huddled mass in the open.
The tapir, then, in point of size takes precedence in the South-American fauna.
It now only remained to get the tapir into it, but therein lay the difficulty.
Guapo kept his promise with the tapir, and on that very same day.
He has reached the spot where Halberger turned in along the tapir path.Gaspar the Gaucho
- 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 for tapir
Word Origin and History for tapir
1774, perhaps from French tapir (1580), ultimately from Tupi (Brazil) tapira.