Definition of peccary
: any of several largely nocturnal gregarious American mammals resembling the related pigs: such asa : a grizzled animal (Tayassu tajacu) with an indistinct white collarb : a blackish animal (Tayassu pecari) with a whitish mouth region
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Clearly the ancestors of Amahuacatherium did not wait for the Panama land bridge to close before shuffling across, nor did other prehistoric mammals such as tapirs and peccaries which are also found in these Late Miocene deposits.
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Origin and Etymology of peccary
of Cariban origin; akin to Suriname Carib paki:ra peccary
First Known Use: 1697
PECCARY Defined for Kids
Definition of peccary for Students
: a mostly tropical American animal that gathers in herds, is active at night, and looks like but is smaller than the related pig
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