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Meaning of TAPIR

Pronunciation:  'teypur

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  large inoffensive chiefly nocturnal ungulate of tropical America and southeast Asia having a heavy body and fleshy snout

TAPIR is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 See Also: genus Tapirus, Indian tapir, Malayan tapir, New World tapir, odd-toed ungulate, perissodactyl, perissodactyl mammal, Tapirus, Tapirus indicus, Tapirus terrestris



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ta"pir\, n. [Braz. tapy'ra: cf. F. tapir.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any one of several species of large odd-toed ungulates
belonging to {Tapirus}, {Elasmognathus}, and allied genera.
They have a long prehensile upper lip, short ears, short and
stout legs, a short, thick tail, and short, close hair. They
have three toes on the hind feet, and four toes on the fore
feet, but the outermost toe is of little use.

Note: The best-known species are the Indian tapir ({Tapirus
      Indicus}), native of the East Indies and Malacca, which
      is black with a broad band of white around the middle,
      and the common American tapir ({T. Americanus}), which,
      when adult, is dull brown. Several others species
      inhabit the Andes and Central America.

{Tapir tiger} (Zo["o]l.), the wallah.