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peccary

[pek-uh-ree] /ˈpɛk ə ri/
noun, plural peccaries (especially collectively) peccary.
1.
any of several piglike hoofed mammals of the genus Tayassu, of North and South America, as T. tajacu (collared peccary, or javelina) having a dark gray coat with a white collar.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Carib
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Examples from the web for peccary
  • The collared peccary or javelina is common in the southern part of the region.
  • While they may resemble a wild pig, javelina are members of the peccary family.
  • Typical large herbivores and carnivores include coyote, ringtail, and collared peccary.
British Dictionary definitions for peccary

peccary

/ˈpɛkərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries, -ry
1.
either of two piglike artiodactyl mammals, Tayassu tajacu (collared peccary) or T. albirostris (white-lipped peccary) of forests of southern North America, Central and South America: family Tayassuidae
Word Origin
C17: from Carib
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Word Origin and History for peccary
n.

pig-like animal of South America, 1610s, from Carib (Guiana or Venezuela) pakira, paquira.

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