Tapir definition

tāpər, tə-pîr, tāpîr
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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.
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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.
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Any one the species of large odd-toed ungulates of the taxonomic family Tapiridae with a long prehensile upper lip, of which all four surviving species are in genus Tapirus.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tapir
Plural:
tapirs

Origin of tapir

  • Perhaps French ultimately from Tupí tapiira tapir

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French tapir, from Old Tupi tapiira.

    From Wiktionary