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

Definition of javelina

Examples of javelina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Trooper Martin Sotelo managed to wrangle one javelina. USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2019 The Arizona Department of Public Safety says the young javelina was one of two that brought traffic on State Route 51 to a standstill Monday afternoon. USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of javelina

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for javelina

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

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“Javelina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/javelina. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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