babirusa

noun

bab·​i·​ru·​sa ˌba-bə-ˈrü-sə How to pronounce babirusa (audio)
ˌbä-
: a large wild swine (Babyrousa babyrussa) of Indonesia

Examples of babirusa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was the first time a babirusa was born at the zoo. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2024 The isolated babirusas will remain out of public display for the next several weeks so the newborn can adapt to its habitat. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2024 An Indonesian swine, the male babirusa has prodigious tusks--formed from upward-growing canine teeth--that resemble antlers. Discover Magazine, 1 Aug. 2012 The jungle-dwelling babirusa is generally docile; its tusks are most likely used to fight off mating competition. Discover Magazine, 1 Aug. 2012

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Word History

Etymology

Malay, from babi pig + rusa deer

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of babirusa was in 1673

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“Babirusa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/babirusa. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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