babirusa

babirusa

[bab-uh-roo-suh, bah-buh-]
noun
an East Indian swine, Babyrousa babyrussa, the male of which has upper canine teeth growing upward through the roof of the mouth and curving toward the eyes, and lower canine teeth growing upward outside the upper jaw.
Also, babiroussa, babirussa.


Origin:
1690–1700; < Malay, equivalent to babi pig + rusa deer

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babirusa (ˌbɑːbɪˈruːsə)
 
n
a wild pig, Babyrousa babyrussa, inhabiting marshy forests in Indonesia. It has an almost hairless wrinkled skin and enormous curved canine teeth
 
[C17: from Malay, from bābī hog + rūsa deer]

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babirusa

(Babirousa babyrussa), wild East Indian swine, family Suidae (order Artiodactyla), of Celebes and the Molucca islands

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