- 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)
- 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
Borrowed into English from Carib around 1605–15
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- 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
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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