Friday, May 15, 2009

Funny-Looking Animal with a Funny Name


funny word of the day: warthog

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

wart·hog
Pronunciation:
\ˈwȯrt-ˌhȯg, -ˌhäg\
Function:
noun
Date:
1840
: a wild African hog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) that has large protruding tusks and in the male two pairs of rough warty excrescences on the face and that is sometimes placed in two separate species (P. aethiopicus and P. africanus)

I love this part of the description: "in the male two pairs of rough warty excrescences on the face" -- what the heck are rough warty excrescences? Whatever they are, they sound funny!

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