[ pek-uh-ree ]
/ ˈpɛk ə ri /

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

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.


Nearby words

  1. pecan patty,
  2. peccable,
  3. peccadillo,
  4. peccant,
  5. peccantly,
  6. peccatophobia,
  7. peccavi,
  8. pech,
  9. pechenga,
  10. pechora

Origin of peccary

Borrowed into English from Carib around 1605–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peccary


/ (ˈpɛkərɪ) /

noun plural -ries or -ry

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

Word Origin for peccary

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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