TA'PIR, n. A quadruped of S. America, about 6 feet long and 3 l/2 high, resembling a hog in shape, with a short movable proboscis. It frequents the water, like the hippopotamus.
The name of two quadrupeds, which constitute a genus of pachydermatous mammals, the one inhabiting South America generally, and the other Sumatra. These animals are allied to the rhinoceros, but are much smaller; and likewise to the hog.
- 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.