noun, plural ta·pirs, (especially collectively) ta·pir.
- tapioca snow,
- tapir mouth,
- tapis vert,
Origin of tapir
Examples from the Web for tapir
The cover is all of one piece formed out of the skin of the tapir.Wanderings in South America|Charles Waterton
In a short time the tapir will become as tame as a dog, and will follow you about wherever you go.The Wanderers|W.H.G. Kingston
The short prehensile trunk of the tapir is well made and the hoofs are likewise shown.Animal Figures in the Maya Codices|Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
All is silent, save the heavy plunge of the tapir in the river, as he tears up the water-weeds for his night's repast.Westward Ho!|Charles Kingsley
A long thing that spouted fire had killed a tapir instantly, without a struggle.Lost in the Wilds of Brazil|James H. Foster
noun plural -pirs or -pir
Word Origin for tapir
1774, perhaps from French tapir (1580), ultimately from Tupi (Brazil) tapira.