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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Today, Cape eland, warthogs, impala, giraffes, and zebras can be seen grazing in nearly every direction. Benedict Moran, National Geographic, "Rwanda's war nearly destroyed this park. Now it's coming back.," 7 May 2019 Blakely, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's 'nanny' is retiring after four years of faithfully teaching social skills to a variety of babies, from Malayan tigers to a warthog and including Fiona. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Zoo's nursery dog Blakely comes out of retirement to care for cheetah cub," 2 Aug. 2019 Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute It’s got everyone’s favorite farting warthog, graceful giraffes, lumbering elephants and a whole cast of realistic-looking animal characters. Knvul Sheikh, New York Times, "How ‘The Lion King’ Gets Real-Life Lion Family Dynamics Wrong," 21 July 2019 The actor and comedian’s signature shouting is on full display here, which is a hilarious contrast to Timon’s small size (which is even funnier juxtaposed with his larger warthog BFF). Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Billy Eichner's best lines as Timon in The Lion King remake," 19 July 2019 Whereas Rogen’s warthog leans heavily on fart jokes, Eichner’s meerkat is a breath of fresh air. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "How do the ‘Lion King’ movies compare? A closer look at 6 key elements.," 19 July 2019 Stand silently for a moment as the warthog grunts and yanks against his chain. Ellie Shechet, The New Yorker, "How to Motivate Me During an Exercise Class," 8 Aug. 2019 The warthog is stout and powerful and has a face-full of tusks, after all. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "When playing with the zoo animals isn't really play," 30 May 2019 How a meerkat in the middle of Africa even knows the lyrics to Lumier's anthem from Beauty and the Beast is about as relevant as how a lion is able to dance and sing alongside a warthog instead if eating him. Kelsea Stahler, refinery29.com, "Billy Eichner On How That Disney Joke Made It Into The Lion King & A Pride One Didn't," 23 July 2019

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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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