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javelina

[hah-vuh-lee-nuh]
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noun
  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)

peccary

[pek-uh-ree]
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

peccary

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

C17: from Carib
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Word Origin and History for javelina

peccary

n.

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

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