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tapir

[ tey-per, tuh-peer ]
/ ˈteɪ pər, təˈpɪər /
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noun, plural ta·pirs, (especially collectively) ta·pir.
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.
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Origin of tapir

1560–70; ≪ Tupi tapira

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tapir

taper, tapir
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British Dictionary definitions for tapir

tapir
/ (ˈteɪpə) /

noun plural -pirs or -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 for tapir

C18: from Tupi tapiira
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