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

Examples of javelina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other things that are increasingly normal: wildfire evacuations and animals typically associated with the desert below, such as roadrunners and javelinas. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 Sometimes a coati, a javelina or a roadrunner shows up in the parking lot. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 The White Tank Mountains are home to a variety of wildlife, including mule deer, mountain lions, bobcats, javelinas, and, most recently, some bighorn sheep that have returned to the area. Hayleigh Evans, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2024 Game and Fish described javelinas as appearing like wild pigs with peppered black, gray and brown hair with a faint white collar. The Arizona Republic, 12 Feb. 2024 In Tucson, people with dogs are attacked by javelinas every three to six months because the animal may think the dog is a coyote, Hart previously told McClatchy News. Helena Wegner, Sacramento Bee, 2 Feb. 2024 Javelinas tore up a Sedona golf course:Now some are arguing about its water use What is a javelina? The Arizona Republic, 3 Jan. 2024 Spot a javelina on your path?Here's what to do to protect yourself Natalie Neysa Alund is a senior reporter for USA TODAY. The Arizona Republic, 3 Jan. 2024 Black bears, mountain lions and javelinas cool off in the river during summer. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2023

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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 23 Jul. 2024.

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