Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hoofed mammal of the family Tapiridæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the wallah.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large inoffensive chiefly nocturnal ungulate of tropical America and southeast Asia having a heavy body and fleshy snout

Etymologies

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

[Perhaps French, ultimately from Tupí tapiira, tapir.]

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French tapir, from Tupian tapira.

Examples

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  • "rip at" in reverse

    January 26, 2007

  • Or swine-like animals. Same thing.

    March 27, 2007

  • Who is to say it is "inoffensive"?

    December 1, 2007

  • WeirdNet is the new Miss Manners!

    December 1, 2007

  • And it does seem to have a curious affinity for fleshiness.

    December 1, 2007

  • Maybe it's inoffensive in the sense that it won't attack you.

    December 3, 2007

  • I'm offended by its smell.

    December 5, 2007

  • The first time I saw one of these, it was leashed on a porch in Bangkok, Thailand. Weirdest thing I'd ever seen up until then.

    December 5, 2007

  • If some prat called me an ungulate I'd probably be offended. Then I'd go home and leaf through the dictionary with my fleshy snout. And, um ...

    December 5, 2007

  • @pomegranate: What weirder things have you seen since?

    @bilby: I've been called much worse than an ungulate!

    December 5, 2007