Definition of babirusa in English:

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babirusa

Pronunciation: /ˌbäbəˈro͞osə/ /ˌbab-/

noun

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A forest-dwelling wild pig with several upturned hornlike tusks, native to Malaysia.
  • Babyrousa babyrussa, family Suidae.
Example sentences
  • Fruits close to the ground are gobbled by babirusas (forest pigs), deer and other earth-bound animals.
  • The babirusa's elaborate upper tusks are the upper canine teeth, whose sockets are reversed, so they grow vertically up through the skin of the snout.
  • They also hunted wild pigs as well as the babirusa or pig deer, so named because of their long legs and elongated tusks that curl over the head, at first glance like horns.

Origin

Late 17th century: from Malay, from babi 'hog' + rusa 'deer'.

Words that rhyme with babirusa

Abu Musa, Appaloosa, inducer, introducer, juicer, producer, reducer, rusa, seducer, sprucer, traducer

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: bab·i·ru·sa

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