[Braz.] An animal with a thick skin, short ears, short neck, and long prehensile upper lip. It is between three and four feet high and from five to six feet long, and in general form reminds us of the hog. The tapir has three toes on the hind feet and four toes on the fore feet, but the outermost toe is of very little use. Its long nose is like a rudiment of the elephant's trunk. There are two kinds of tapirs: one, a native of South America, is of a dusky-brown color; the other lives in Sumatra and Java, and is black, with a broad white band across the body. Tapirs are harmless, gentle creatures, but they can give a severe bite with their big teeth when attacked. They have great strength and can force their way through the thick underwood of tropical forest?) to the water, of which they are very fond.