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[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.
Origin of peccary
1605-15; < Carib Unabridged
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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 peccary

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

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