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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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Historical Examples

  • It is there known as the “vaquira,” whence our word “peccary.”

    The Hunters' Feast

    Mayne Reid

  • But I had never yet killed a peccary; in fact, had never seen one.

  • Farther than to eat their fruit, the forest trees are of no use to the peccary.

  • The peccary, having its snout tied up, was unable to squeak.

  • On that raft was tied a bit of peccary meat, the only morsel of food he had in the world.

    The Red Lure

    Roy J. Snell

British Dictionary definitions for 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 peccary


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

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