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noun ta·pir \ˈtā-pər also ˈtā-ˌpir or tə-ˈpir\

Definition of tapir

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tapirs

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tapir

  1. :  any of a genus (Tapirus) of herbivorous chiefly nocturnal perissodactyl mammals of tropical America and southeastern Asia from Myanmar to Sumatra that have a heavy sparsely hairy body and the snout and upper lip prolonged into a short flexible proboscis

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Origin and Etymology of tapir

Portuguese tapir, tapira, from Tupi tapiʔíra


First Known Use: 1774

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TAPIR Defined for English Language Learners

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noun ta·pir \ˈtā-pər also ˈtā-ˌpir or tə-ˈpir\

Definition of tapir for English Language Learners

  • : an animal that is like a pig with a long nose and short legs and that lives in tropical America and Southeast Asia


TAPIR Defined for Kids

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noun ta·pir \ˈtā-pər\

Definition of tapir for Students

  1. :  a large hoofed plant-eating animal of tropical America and southeastern Asia that has short thick legs, a short tail, and a long flexible snout


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