babirussa

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n babirussa Indonesian wild pig with enormous curved canine teeth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Babirussa (Zoöl) A large hoglike quadruped (Sus babirussasyn.Porcus babirussa) of the East Indies, sometimes domesticated; the Indian hog. Its upper canine teeth or tusks are large and recurved.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n babirussa The East Indian wild hog or horned hog. The upper canines of the boar are sometimes 12 inches in length, and nearly reach the forehead; the lower pair partake of the same unusual development and direction, but not to the same extent, nor do they pierce the lips. The tusks of the sow are much smaller. The general appearance of the animal is that of a hog, but the legs are longer and the pelage is less bristly. The babirussa is gregarious and herbivorous, like the rest of the pig tribe, and its flesh is used for food; it is sometimes domesticated.
    • n babirussa [capitalized] A genus of setiferous pachydermatous ungulate quadrupeds, of the order Artiodactyla, or even-toed ungulates, and family Suidæ, containing only the babirussa.
    • n babirussa Also spelled babyrussa, babyroussa.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. babiroussa, fr. Malay bābī, hog + rūsa, deer

Usage

In literature:

But the most striking character of the babirussa is to be found in its tusks.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
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