ja·​ve·​li·​na ˌhä-və-ˈlē-nə How to pronounce javelina (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this month, a 58-year-old dog walker was treated for a broken leg after being blindsided and charged by a javelina in Tucson. Ellie Willard, The Arizona Republic, 20 Mar. 2023 There were a few pigs, a couple javelinas, a smattering of turkeys, and two waterbucks that stared dolefully from the distance. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 4 Apr. 2023 Another javelina was found more than two weeks ago with an arrow in its face. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2021 Boar-like javelinas congregated outside of a Arizona shopping center. Seth Borenstein, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Apr. 2020 While most of her day is still dedicated to Latin homework and javelina memes, she’s lately taken an interest in the newspapers splayed out on the kitchen table. Matthew Hennessey, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2020 But the javelina kept pace — majestic strides and all. Nancy Coleman, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2020 From there, the video took off faster than the javelina. Melissa Locker, Time, 27 Feb. 2020 Jordahl said, listing the species that traverse the border through the stream channels: antelopes, deer, coyotes, bears, bobcats, ocelots, javelina. Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History


American Spanish jabalina, from Spanish, feminine of jabalí wild boar, from Arabic jabalī

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of javelina was in 1822

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“Javelina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/javelina. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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