from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wild African hog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) that has two tusks and wartlike growths on the face.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Either one of two species of large, savage African wild hogs of the genus Phacochœrus. These animals have a pair of large, rough, fleshy tubercles behind the tusks and second pair behind the eyes. The tusks are large and strong, and both pairs curve upward. The body is scantily covered with bristles, but there is long dorsal mane. The South African species (Phacochœrus Æthiopicus) is the best known. Called also vlacke vark. The second species (Phacochœrus Æliani) is native of the coasts of the Red Sea.


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