pl. ta′pirs or ta′pir
any of a family (Tapiridae) of large, hoofed, hoglike perissodactylous mammals of tropical America and the Malay Peninsula: tapirs have flexible snouts, feed on plants, and are active at night
Origin of tapirSpanish ; from Tupí tapyra, large mammal, tapir
Any of several large, chiefly nocturnal, odd-toed ungulates of the genus Tapirus of tropical America and Southeast Asia, having a stocky body, short legs, and a fleshy, trunklike proboscis.
Origin of tapirPerhaps French, ultimately from Tupí tapiira, tapir.
adult (background) and juvenile (foreground) Brazilian tapirs
French tapir, from Old Tupi tapiira.