babirusa

noun
bab·​i·​ru·​sa | \ ˌba-bə-ˈrü-sə How to pronounce babirusa (audio) , ˌbä- \

Definition of babirusa

: a large wild swine (Babyrousa babyrussa) of Indonesia

First Known Use of babirusa

1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for babirusa

Malay, from babi pig + rusa deer

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about babirusa

Time Traveler for babirusa

Time Traveler

The first known use of babirusa was in 1673

See more words from the same year

Statistics for babirusa

Cite this Entry

“Babirusa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/babirusa. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on babirusa

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about babirusa

Comments on babirusa

What made you want to look up babirusa? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!