Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A swine of the genus Phacochœrus, of which there are several species, the best-known being the halluf of North Africa, P. æliani, and the vlack-vark of South Africa, P. æhiopicus. The wart-hogs are so named from the warty excrescences of the face. They are with out exception the ugliest of mammals. The canine teeth project outward from both jaws, the head is large and un shapely, and the whole form ungainly. See cut under
“In Xaranna two days earlier, our guides, following tracks in the dirt and the alarm calls of other animals, had impressively led us to a young female leopard; we saw her testing her hunting skills on a wart-hog that was too big and experienced to land in her grasp.”
“I saw that it was a big wart-hog, and began to think.”
“Now, I argued, he would choose a safe place, for the wart-hog, hideous though he is, is a wise beast.”
“I was not the only one who was wallowing in sentiment like a wart-hog in a mud bath; even Kratas and Remrem and Astes, for all their hardbitten and cavalier attitudes which they usually cultivated so assiduously, were grinning like idiots, and I swear I saw more than one pair of wet eyes in their ranks.”
“Only the implicitly violent took his attention: the vultures, the hyena, the wart-hog, the possibility of lion and the scarcity of cheetah.”
“The shot was repeated so many times, and Dan smashed so many bones, that I was afraid we were going to run out of wart-hog (or tapir) skulls.”
“Then he motioned to the driver to go on and the car moved slowly along, the driver avoiding wart-hog holes and driving around the mud castles ants had built.”
“This is very poor stuff and worthy only of a creature who combines with the intellectual development of a gorilla the pachymenia of the rhinoceros and the dental physiognomy of the wart-hog.”
“Meanwhile, in view of this competition, the wart-hog would be glad to hear of a really reliable cure for warts.”
“Neither showed any disposition to exercise that gift of speech which places Man in a class of his own, above the ox, the ass, the common wart-hog, and the rest of the lower animals.”
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