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also bab·i·rus·sa  (băb′ə-ro͞o′sə, bä′bə-)
Any of several wild pigs of the genus Babyrousa of Indonesian forests, the male of which has two pairs of long, upward-curving tusks.

[Malay and Indonesian babirusa : babi, pig (from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *babuy, from Proto-Austronesian) + rusa, deer, sambar; akin to Tagalog usa and Ilocano usga, deer.]
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(Animals) a wild pig, Babyrousa babyrussa, inhabiting marshy forests in Indonesia. It has an almost hairless wrinkled skin and enormous curved canine teeth
[C17: from Malay, from bābī hog + rūsa deer]
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(ˌbæb əˈru sə, ˌbɑ bə-)

an East Indian swine, Babyrousa babyrussa: the male has lower canine teeth extending upward outside the jaw.
[1690–1700; < Malay, =babi pig + rusa deer]
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Noun1.babirusa - Indonesian wild pig with enormous curved canine teethbabirusa - Indonesian wild pig with enormous curved canine teeth
swine - stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous animals
Babyrousa, genus Babyrousa - a genus of Suidae
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Other examples of Sulawesi cave art include a drawing of a fruit-eating pig called a pig-deer, or babirusa, from at least 35,400 years ago and a portrait of a piglike creature dating to 35,700 years ago or more.
These include Sumatran Orang-utans, Sumatran tigers, Sun Bears, Malayan tapir, various lemurs, Sumatran and Philippine crocodiles, Hornbills, Visayan Warty Pigs, Spotted Deer, Komodo Dragons, Babirusa pigs and other birds, reptiles and invertebrates.
For instance, the Indonesian babirusa pig (Babyrousa babyrussa), a skull of which is on display, uses teeth that grow through the bones and skin of the top of its snout for display and fighting.
Anoa are restricted to primary forest, as are the pig-deer or Babirusa, and these species are therefore susceptible both to hunting and to habitat change.
Babirusa pigs will make their debut at the zoo's Island Pigs of Asia exhibit Saturday.