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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Examples of warthog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pair told Entertainment Weekly that the origins of the warthog's farting stemmed from recording their lines while also working together on the 1992 Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 23 May 2024 However, a new analysis is painting a different picture: Now, scientists believe the teeth jutted out sideways, like a warthog’s tusks. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Apr. 2024 Less than 10 seconds later, a sounder of warthogs—a mother and her babies—shot out from their underground den on the path ahead of us. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2024 Using a variety of materials—including wood, bronze, animal bones and the ivory tusk of an African warthog—the team created replicas of the Hohle Fels baton and tried their hand at using them for rope-making. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 The team-building trip included a safari, where the group saw a lion take down a warthog. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Dec. 2023 With astonishing speed, the pack scarfs it down, while warthogs, vultures, and jackals wait in the periphery for the scraps. Scott Bay, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Nov. 2023 This was true for 95 percent of the animal species observed, including giraffes, leopards, hyenas, zebras, kudu, warthogs, impalas and rhinos. Daniel Lingenhöhl, Scientific American, 18 Oct. 2023 But Parker, unlike Thurber, was open to the world’s entire menagerie, worms to warthogs. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 28 Aug. 2023

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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 27 May. 2024.

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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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