pec·​ca·​ry | \ ˈpe-kə-rē How to pronounce peccary (audio) \
plural peccaries

Definition of peccary

: any of several largely nocturnal gregarious American mammals resembling the related pigs: such as
a : a grizzled animal (Tayassu tajacu) with an indistinct white collar
b : a blackish animal (Tayassu pecari) with a whitish mouth region

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Also, almost every species of peccaries and wild pigs are endangered or have some kind of risk—the wild boar is the only one doing well. National Geographic, "World’s Biggest Pig Captured in Rare Video," 22 June 2018 In the meantime, many lower- and middle-class households in Ceibal probably survived in part by hunting animals, like peccaries and deer, that came to forage in their grain fields. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient Maya traded dogs for use in religious ceremonies, new study shows," 19 Mar. 2018 Such big urban centers require lots of food, and the Mayans hunted deer, peccaries, and tapirs. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Some dogs were royalty, others were dinner in ancient Mayan culture," 19 Mar. 2018 PUBLISHED December 13, 2017 On January 8, 2017, an eight-year-old boy named Dante de Kort spotted a dead collared peccary near his home in central Arizona. National Geographic, "First-Ever Video May Show Pig-Like Animals Mourning Their Dead," 13 Dec. 2017 At others, peccaries, which are somewhat like wild pigs, have been taken. John Kass,, "Eating the zoo creatures in Venezuela," 17 Aug. 2017 The goal is to ultimately improve conservation by learning where and how certain key species—like jaguars, peccaries, spider monkeys, and more—live in the forest. National Geographic, "Exclusive: Jungle Puppies Captured on Film for the First Time," 13 Apr. 2017 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. Brian Switek, WIRED, "Nine million years ago, elephants invaded South America," 20 Apr. 2010

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First Known Use of peccary

1697, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peccary

of Cariban origin; akin to Suriname Carib paki:ra peccary

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pec·​ca·​ry | \ ˈpe-kə-rē How to pronounce peccary (audio) \
plural peccaries

Kids Definition of peccary

: 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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