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animal resembling swine
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taper – a slender candle; a gradual decrease: The storm will taper off soon.
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ta·pir(tā′pər, tə-pîr′, tā′pîr′)
Any of several large, chiefly nocturnal, odd-toed ungulates of the genus Tapirus of tropical America and Southeast Asia, having a stocky body, short legs, and a fleshy, trunklike proboscis.
[Perhaps French, ultimately from Tupí tapiira, tapir.]
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n, pl -pirs or -pir
(Animals) any perissodactyl mammal of the genus Tapirus, such as T. indicus (Malayan tapir), of South and Central America and SE Asia, having an elongated snout, three-toed hind legs, and four-toed forelegs: family Tapiridae
[C18: from Tupi tapiira]
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ta•pir(ˈteɪ pər, təˈpɪər)
n., pl. -pirs, (esp. collectively) -pir.
any stout, hoofed mammal of the genus Tapirus of tropical America and SE Asia, having a short, fleshy proboscis.
[1745–55; « Tupi tapira]
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|Noun||1.||tapir - large inoffensive chiefly nocturnal ungulate of tropical America and southeast Asia having a heavy body and fleshy snout|
odd-toed ungulate, perissodactyl, perissodactyl mammal - placental mammals having hooves with an odd number of toes on each foot
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tapir[ˈteɪpəʳ] N → tapir m
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n → Tapir m
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tapir[ˈteɪpəʳ] n → tapiro
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