wart·​hog ˈwȯrt-ˌhȯg How to pronounce warthog (audio)
: 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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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The show also shared a sneak peek on its social media of Cruise dressed up as the lovable warthog and Corden holding a figure of the infamous meerkat. Carly Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2023 Amid all the hockey matches at the XL Center, there’s a skating event where the participants are costumed as mice, ducks, princesses and even a meerkat and a warthog. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 31 Dec. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 21 Mar. 2023.

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wart·​hog ˈwȯ(ə)rt-ˌhȯg How to pronounce warthog (audio)
: a wild African hog with large tusks and in the male two pairs of rough warty growths on the face

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