collared peccary

See under peccary.
Also called javelina. Unabridged


noun, plural peccaries (especially collectively) peccary.
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.

1605–15; < Carib Unabridged
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peccary (ˈpɛkərɪ)
n , pl -ries, -ry
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
[C17: from Carib]

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Word Origin & History

"pig-like animal of S.America," 1610s, from Carib (Guiana or Venezuela) pakira, paquira.
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Example sentences
The collared peccary or javelina is common in the southern part of the region.
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