Definition of Tapir

1. Noun. Large inoffensive chiefly nocturnal ungulate of tropical America and southeast Asia having a heavy body and fleshy snout.




Definition of Tapir

1. n. Any one of several species of large odd-toed ungulates belonging to Tapirus, Elasmognathus, and allied genera. They have a long prehensile upper lip, short ears, short and stout legs, a short, thick tail, and short, close hair. They have three toes on the hind feet, and four toes on the fore feet, but the outermost toe is of little use.

Definition of Tapir

1. Noun. Any one of several species of large odd-toed ungulates of the taxonomic family Tapiridae with a long prehensile upper lip. ¹

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Definition of Tapir

1. a hoofed mammal [n -S]

Medical Definition of Tapir

1. Any one of several species of large odd-toed ungulates belonging to Tapirus, Elasmognathus, and allied genera. They have a long prehensile upper lip, short ears, short and stout legs, a short, thick tail, and short, close hair. They have three toes on the hind feet, and four toes on the fore feet, but the outermost toe is of little use. The best-known species are the Indian tapir (Tapirus Indicus), native of the East Indies and Malacca, which is black with a broad band of white around the middle, and the common American tapir (T. Americanus), which, when adult, is dull brown. Several others species inhabit the Andes and Central America. Tapir tiger, the wallah. Origin: Braz. Tapy'ra: cf. F. Tapir. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tapir

taphrenchyma
tapinage
taping
tapings
tapinocephalic
tapinocephaly
tapinoses
tapinosis
tapioca
tapioca pearl
tapioca plant
tapioca pudding
tapioca puddings
tapioca starch
tapiocas
tapir (current term)
tapir mouth
tapiroid
tapirs
tapis
tapiser
tapisers
tapises
tapist
tapists
taplash
taplashes
tapless
taplitumomab
tapoa tafa

Literary usage of Tapir

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1. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1842)
"Skeleton of American tapir. The carpus of the tapir bears a near resemblance to that of the ... The pisiform bone is also longer in proportion in the tapir. ..."

2. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1842)
"Skeleton of American tapir. The carpus of the tapir bears a near resemblance to that of the ... The pisiform bone is also longer in proportion in the tapir. ..."

3. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1891)
"The common American tapir, to which the name specially ... Of or pertaining to the tapirs ; resembling or characteristic of a tapir : as, ..."

4. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Pierre André Latreille (1831)
"At Paris alone we find them of the size of a Horse, of a tapir, and of a small Sheep, ... To these genera should succeed the genus tapir, Lin., ..."

5. Adventure Guide to Belize by Carol O'Donnell, Vivien Lougheed (2003)
"tapir Mountain Nature Reserve The tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, previously called the Society Hall Nature Reserve (see ITMB map), is not open to the ..."

6. Adventure Guide to Belize by Carol O'Donnell, Vivien Lougheed (2003)
"tapir Mountain Nature Reserve The tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, previously called the Society Hall Nature Reserve (see ITMB map), is not open to the ..."

7. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Pierre André Latreille (1831)
"At Paris alone we find them of the size of a Horse, of a tapir, and of a small ... (The American tapir.) Size of a small Ass; skin brown and nearly naked; ..."

8. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1894)
"Ancestors of the tapir.—In describing two new species of Pro- tapirus, P. obliquidens and P. simplex, from the Lower Miocene of Dakota, Messrs. ..."

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