noun, plural ta·pirs, (especially collectively) ta·pir.
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
British Dictionary definitions for tapir
noun plural -pirs or -pir
Word Origin for tapir
Word Origin and History for tapir
1774, perhaps from French tapir (1580), ultimately from Tupi (Brazil) tapira.