babirusa

noun

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

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 4 Dec. 2022.

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