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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.]


(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]


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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