wart·​hog | \ ˈwȯrt-ˌhȯg How to pronounce warthog (audio) , -ˌhäg \

Definition of warthog

: a wild African hog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) that has large protruding tusks and in the male two pairs of rough warty excrescences on the face and that is sometimes placed in two separate species (P. aethiopicus and P. africanus)

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Examples of warthog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your alarm clock might be the sound of monkeys playing in the trees — or warthogs and antelope walking beneath your tent. Peter Terzian, Travel + Leisure, 18 Apr. 2020 The camera captures gorgeous images of elephants, cheetahs and warthogs, and breathtaking shots of the Victoria Falls at the Zambezi River. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2020 Included on the tour is an okapi, black rhino, hippo, African wild dog, Masai Giraffe, African elephant, lion, warthog and white rhino — which Katelyn says is her favorite. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 6 Apr. 2020 Then the transmission was briefly lost because the internet hotspot, over by the warthogs, wasn’t working. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, 4 Apr. 2020 Visitors encounter zebras, camels, bison, giraffes, warthogs and more. cleveland, 10 Mar. 2020 Hunting with this for steenbuck, blesbuck, warthog, and kudu was akin to grocery shopping with a stick-shift Corvette. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 2 Mar. 2020 Nick Cordileone and Ben Lipitz, who have long experience playing Timon the wisecracking meerkat and Puumba the jovial (but flatulent) warthog, infuse their performances with joy and energy. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Feb. 2020 Simba’s subsequent flight thrusts him into the devil-may-care company of a meerkat named Timon (Nick Cordileone) and a warthog named Pumbaa (Ben Lipitz), who are essentially the Abbott and Costello of the jungle. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of warthog

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of warthog was in 1840

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“Warthog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warthog. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of warthog

: a type of wild hog that lives in Africa


wart·​hog | \ ˈwȯrt-ˌhȯg How to pronounce warthog (audio) , -ˌhäg \

Kids Definition of warthog

: a wild African hog with pointed tusks and in the male thick growths of skin on the face which resemble warts

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