Definition of tapir in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtāpər/


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A nocturnal hoofed mammal with a stout body, sturdy limbs, and a short flexible proboscis, native to the forests of tropical America and Malaysia.
  • Family Tapiridae and genus Tapirus: four species, including the black and white Malayan tapir (T. indicus) and the reddish-brown or black mountain tapir (T. pinchaque), which is the smallest tapir.
Example sentences
  • Passing tigers, rhinos, tapirs, deer and other animals triggered the shutter by tripping infrared sensors.
  • The exhibit will highlight the jaguar but also will feature golden lion tamarins, tapirs, anteaters and other animals.
  • In the event that it decides to develop the area, there will be serious risks to the health and long-term survival of the region which is home to jaguars, pumas, tapirs and many more endangered species.


Late 18th century: via Spanish and Portuguese from Tupi tapyra.

Words that rhyme with tapir

Napier, rapier

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Syllabification: ta·pir

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