Baird's tapir

noun

Definition of Baird's tapir

  1. :  a tapir (Tapirus bairdii) that is mostly reddish-brown or dark brown with white on the tips of the ears and often on the underside of the jaw and neck and is found from southern Mexico to parts of Colombia and Ecuador west of the Andes … perhaps the most interesting animal was the Baird's tapir, an ungainly looking creature somewhere between an undersized elephant and an overgrown anteater. The largest animal in the neotropics, it is also among the most endangered. — Bryn Nelson, Newsday, 12 Oct. 2003 —called also Central American tapir

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Origin and Etymology of baird's tapir

after Spencer F. Baird †1887 American zoologist


First Known Use: 1883


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