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tapir a large mammal that has four short legs with hooves, a round body, and a long flexible snout. Tapirs look like pigs, but they are related to horses and rhinoceroses. They live in the rain forests of southeast Asia and Central and South America. Tapirs eat plants.
taps (used with a singular verb) the signal played on a trumpet or drum in the U.S. military forces. Taps are used as a signal for lights to be put out, or at the end of a funeral service.
tar1 a dark, heavy, sticky substance made from wood, coal, or peat. Tar is used to cover roads and protect roofs.
tar2 (informal) a sailor.
tar and feather to punish or humiliate by covering with tar and feathers.
tarantula a large, hairy spider found in the warmer parts of North, Central, and South America. Some tarantulas have a slightly poisonous bite.
tardy late or delayed.
target an object or mark at which bullets, arrows, or darts are fired or aimed. [4 definitions]
tariff a government tax on goods that come into a country; duty.
tarnish to dull the luster or color of. [4 definitions]
tart1 sour or acid in taste; sharp; biting.
tart2 a small baked pastry shell with a fruit or other filling. Tarts sometimes do not have a top crust.
tartan1 woolen cloth woven in a plaid design. Tartans are worn by people of Scottish clans.
tartar a hard, yellow substance that forms on the teeth.
task a piece of work to be done; duty. [2 definitions]
Tasmanian devil a mammal with black fur and a tail like a cat's tail. Tasmanian devils live in burrows. They are fierce hunters and will eat almost anything. Tasmanian devils are marsupials that live in Australia.
tassel an ornament made of a bunch of threads or cords. The threads are tied together at one end and hang free at the other. [2 definitions]
taste to experience and recognize the flavor of by putting into the mouth. [8 definitions]
taste bud one of the bumps on the surface of the tongue that form the sense organ of taste. The taste buds sense whether something is sweet, sour, salty, or bitter.
tasteless having little or no taste or flavor. [2 definitions]
tasty delicious; having a pleasing flavor.