from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several large, chiefly nocturnal, odd-toed ungulates of the genus Tapirus of tropical America, the Malay Peninsula, and Sumatra, related to the horse and the rhinoceros, and having a heavy body, short legs, and a long, fleshy, flexible upper lip.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any one the species of large odd-toed ungulates of the taxonomic family Tapiridae with a long prehensile upper lip, of which all four surviving species are in genus Tapirus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hoofed mammal of the family Tapiridæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large inoffensive chiefly nocturnal ungulate of tropical America and southeast Asia having a heavy body and fleshy snout
Perhaps French, ultimately from Tupi tapiira, tapir.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French tapir, from Tupian tapira. (Wiktionary)