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collared peccary

[ kol-erd pek-uh-ree ]
/ ˈkɒl ərd ˈpɛk ə ri /
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noun, plural col·lared pec·ca·ries, (especially collectively) col·lared pec·ca·ry.

a gray and brown peccary (Pecari tajacu), with short, sharp tusks and a conspicuous band of light-colored fur around its neck, living in the desert grassland, woodland, and brush regions from central South America to the southwestern U.S.: the only peccary species found in the U.S., mostly in Arizona and Texas, it enjoys a thriving population and has a conservation status of least concern.

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Origin of collared peccary

First recorded in 1830–35; collar + -ed2 + peccary
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