warthog


wart·hog

noun \ˈwrt-ˌhg, -ˌhäg\

: a type of wild hog that lives in Africa

Full Definition of WARTHOG

:  a wild African hog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) that has large protruding tusks and in the male two pairs of rough warty excrescences on the face and that is sometimes placed in two separate species (P. aethiopicus and P. africanus)

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First Known Use of WARTHOG

1840

warthog

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus)—Karl H. Maslowski

Large-headed species (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) of pig (ungulate family Suidae), inhabiting open and lightly forested areas of Africa. Warthogs, about 30 in. (76 cm) high, are blackish or brown, with a coarse mane from the neck to the midback. The male has two pairs of bumps (warts) on the face. Both sexes have tusks. The tusks on the lower jaw are weapons; those on the upper jaw curve upward and inward in a semicircle, growing to more than 24 in. (60 cm) in some males. The long tufted tail is held high when the animal runs. Warthogs live in groups, feeding on grass and other vegetation.

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