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  1. See under peccary.
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Origin of javelina

1815–25, Americanism < American Spanish jabalina, Spanish: feminine of jabalín wild boar, dialectal variant of jabalí < Arabic (khinzīr) jabalī mountain (boar)


noun, plural pec·ca·ries, (especially collectively) pec·ca·ry.
  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.
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Origin of peccary

Borrowed into English from Carib around 1605–15
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British Dictionary definitions for javelina


noun plural -ries or -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
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Word Origin for peccary

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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