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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In the 1990s, a warthog bolted from his keepers, becoming a local media sensation as well as a four-hoofed metaphor for the nation’s thirst for freedom after communism. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Nothing Unites a Divided Country Like an Escaped 18-Foot Snake in the Suburbs," 28 Aug. 2018 With faces perhaps only mother could love, four newborn warthogs have had their first medical checkups at Zoo Miami. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Newborn warthog piglets doing well and are sort of cute," 4 July 2018 State officials reported that the warthog appeared to be tame and was likely someone’s pet — but no one in the area had a permit for the exotic animal. Roger Simmons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Bison on the loose in Tallahassee — because it's Friday in Florida," 20 Apr. 2018 Last month state wildlife officials were called to St. Lucie County help capture an African warthog that was roaming around a neighborhood near Fort Pierce. Roger Simmons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Bison on the loose in Tallahassee — because it's Friday in Florida," 20 Apr. 2018 Her menagerie over the years included a warthog named Grunter and a civet fond of being sprinkled with Old Spice shaving lotion. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Daphne Sheldrick Built an Orphanage to Raise Baby Elephants in Kenya," 20 Apr. 2018 Prince Harry spent three weeks in Malawi last summer helping move a throng of animals—including elephants, zebras, and warthogs—hundreds of miles to a national park. Morgan Evans, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Opens Up About the One Place He Feels Most at Home," 3 Jan. 2017 In his collections of animals, Charles seemed particularly fond of warthogs, with their brushy manes and sharp tusks. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Two Artistic Brothers With Distinctive Styles: Charles And Maurice Prendergast At NBMAA," 15 Mar. 2018 Other animals that may be spotted along the attraction include antelopes, crocodiles, elephants, hyenas, lions, warthogs, zebras and flamingos. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney names hippo born at Animal Kingdom," 22 Feb. 2018

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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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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