Definition of peccary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛk(ə)ri/

noun (plural peccaries)

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A gregarious piglike mammal that is found from the south-western US to Paraguay.
  • Family Tayassuidae: two genera and three species, in particular the collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu).
Example sentences
  • 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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