- a small, dun-colored wild horse chiefly of southern Russia, having a flowing mane and tail: extinct since the early 20th century but somewhat restored by selective breeding of mixed-breed domestic horses, and sustained in zoos.
Origin of tarpan
1835–45; < Russian tarpán, said to be < Kazakh or Kirghiz
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Examples from the Web for tarpan
He resembles the tarpan or wild horse of the Caspian steppes.Evolution in Art
Alfred C. Haddon
Another species, the Tarpan, roams the Steppes of Tartary, and is with great difficulty tamed to the use of man.The Desert World
Tarpan, tar′pan, n. the small wild horse of the steppes of Russia.
- a European wild horse, Equus caballus gomelini, common in prehistoric times but now extinct
from Kirghiz Tatar
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