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
Guapo was busy plucking his macaws, but at the word tapir he sprang to his feet, making the feathers fly in all directions.
The latter weigh up to a hundred pounds, but, unlike the tapir, which is as good as beef, their meat is unpalatable.
The tapir is a very archaic type of ungulate, not unlike the non-specialized beasts of the oligocene.
The tapir is a very archaic type of ungulate, not unlike the non - specialized beasts of the Oligocene.
My curiosity was raised; for this ghost was an animal called a tapir, which the Indians believe possessed of supernatural powers; and, as I had never met with one, I was anxious that we should come across it.
The tapir is a very large animal, -- about five or six feet long and three or four feet high.
One book I consulted calls the tapir a kind of tiger, to which he bears hardly any resemblance.
The tapir is a harmless creature, and although it has a good set of teeth, it never uses them for the purpose of defending itself.
Unlike the hog, however, the tapir is a cleanly animal.
The expedition that turned up the new amphibians also recorded the presence of large mammals like Baird's tapir, which is considered endangered in Colombia, four species of monkeys and a population of white-lipped peccary, a pig-like creature.