bushpig, noun

Plurals:
bushpigs, or unchanged.
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South African DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch boschvark, see boschvark.
The wild pig Potamochoerus porcus of the Suidae; boschvark.
1844 J. Backhouse Narr. of Visit 213The Bosch vark, Bush pig..is about 2½ feet high and 5 feet long, and has a tubercular excrescence covered with coarse hair on the face.
1891 R. Ward Sportsman’s Handbk 122In Natal are found the Bushbuck, reedbuck..Klipspringer, Bush Pig, and Leopard.
c1936 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 1071The wholesale trapping of them (sc. the leopards)..has allowed Baboon and Bush Pig to multiply to such an extent that grave damage to cultivation results.
c1936 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 1078The Bush Pig or River Hog,..This is about the same size as the Wart Hog, but is not plentiful in South Africa.
1948 A.C. White Call of Bushveld 215The bushpig is a perfect nuisance to Europeans who make an attempt to cultivate the lands and produce crops.
1970 C.M. Van der Westhuizen in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. II. 624Bush pig, (Potamochoerus porcus)...Unlike the warthog, it is nocturnal in habit.
1986 Weekend Argus 9 Aug. 5Rush hour traffic and early morning golfers were stopped in their tracks when a bush pig made a surprise appearance in central Port Elizabeth.
1991 K. Urquhart in Weekend Post 16 Mar. (Leisure) 1They would see about 20 different nocturnal animals and birds which live in the hills and valleys..including bushpig, Cape and spring hares, porcupine, antbear, skunks.
1994 A. Craig in M. Roberts tr. of J.A. Wahlberg’s Trav. Jrnls 1838–56 63Warthog Phaeocochoerus aethiopica, here clearly distinguished from bushpigs.
The wild pig Potamochoerus porcus of the Suidae; boschvark.

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