Definition of peccary in English:


Syllabification: pec·ca·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈpekərē

noun (plural peccaries)

  • A gregarious piglike mammal that is found from the southwestern US to Paraguay.
    • Family Tayassuidae: two genera and three species, in particular the collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu)
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    • From what scientists can tell, their preferred diet is deer and wild pigs called peccaries.
    • Finding one of these big peccaries all by itself and away from its herd was unprecedented in our experience.
    • The snout of peccaries has the same mobile cartilaginous disk and terminal nostrils as pigs.


early 17th century: from Carib pakira.

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