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Any one of different species of big 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, fat tail, and short, close hair. They have three toes on the hind foots, and four toes on the fore foots, but the outermost toe is of few use.
The best-known species are the Indian tapir (Tapirus Indicus), native of the East Indies and Malacca, which is black with a broad band of whitenear the medium, and the general American tapir (T. Americanus), which, when adult, is dull brown. Different others species inhabit the Andes and Central America.
Tapir tiger, the wallah.
Origin: Braz. Tapy'ra: cf. F. Tapir.
Source: Websters Vocabulary