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Taper vs tapir

Taper and tapir are two words that are spelled and pronounced similarly, but have different meanings. We will examine the meanings of taper and tapir, their origins and look at a few examples of their use in sentences.

Taper describes something gradually decreasing in size from one end to the other, to cause something to decrease in size from one end to the other, to decrease, diminish or gradually lessen. A taper may refer to a long, slender candle or a reduction in width or intensity. Taper is used as a transitive verb, an instransitive verb or a noun, related words are tapers, tapered, tapering, taperer, taperingly. It is derived from the Old English words tapur and taper, which mean lamp-wick.


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A tapir is a four-legged mammal with a prehensile nose, it is an odd-toed ungulate. Tapirs are jungle-dwellers, they are found in Cental America, South America and Malaysia. There are five different species of tapir, differing in size and color. Their proboscises are quite flexible and may even be used as a sort of snorkel. The word tapir is derived tapyra, the term for this animal used by the Tupi, a Brazilian indigenous people.

Examples

The Friday announcement will be parsed for clues that the BOJ might taper its bond-buying program or reduce the frequency of its purchases. (The Wall Street Journal)

A standard taper candle takes 55 to 60 dips, King estimates, and between each dip the candlemaker must smooth and shape the wax as it dries. (Williamsburg and Yorktown Daily)

Mammals, on the other hand, have the largest number of species in danger of extinction (5.5%), among these: the manatees, the jaguar, oncilla cat, the tapir, the squirrel monkey, and the giant anteater, this last one is the most threatened in all Central America, the last time it was seen was in 1989 in the Braulio Carrillo National Park. (The Costa Rica Star)

 

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