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[hah-vuh-lee-nuh] /ˌhɑ vəˈli nə/
See under peccary.
Origin of javelina
1815-25, Americanism < American Spanish jabalina, Spanish: feminine of jabalín wild boar, dialectal variant of jabalí < Arabic (khinzīr) jabalī mountain (boar)


[pek-uh-ree] /ˈpɛk ə ri/
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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Examples from the web for javelina
  • He swerved to avoid them, but he said he felt a small bump, which probably meant that he had run over their little javelina toes.
  • Wildlife includes tarantulas, various lizards, roadrunners and javelina.
  • javelina live near water sources, eg earthen livestock tanks.
  • The snuffling you hear around your campsite at night may be a gray fox or a band of hungry javelina.
  • Research shows that cats help keep deer and javelina within the limits of their food resources.
British Dictionary definitions for javelina


noun (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
Word Origin
C17: from Carib
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Word Origin and History for javelina



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

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