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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Recent Examples on the Web The virus infects pigs, warthogs, European wild boar, American wild pigs, bush pigs, giant forest hogs and peccaries. Washington Post, "The Deadly African Virus That’s Killing Asia’s Pigs," 29 Sep. 2019 A half-dozen javelinas, a kind of peccary, scampered in the thick undergrowth. David Kelly, Los Angeles Times, "Heading south in Steinbeck’s footsteps, with a Prius and a plan," 5 Oct. 2019 An animal caring for a sick, injured, or dead individual of its own kind is referred to as epimeletic behavior, and besides humans and great apes, it’s been documented in elephants, peccaries, and orcas, among other species. National Geographic, "Mother hippo may be grieving dead baby in new video," 19 June 2019 Board a boat at Atalaya and cruise even deeper into the rainforest, on the lookout for monkeys, giant anteaters, tapirs, ocelots, armadillos, peccaries, caimans, and the numerous bird species that inhabit Manú National Park. National Geographic, "Peru and the Amazon Expedition: Inca Wonders and Jungle Wildlife," 10 Sep. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of peccary was in 1697

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27 Nov 2019

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“Peccary.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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