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n. pl. javelina or ja·ve·li·nas

[Alteration of Spanish jabalina, feminine of jabalí, jabalín, wild boar, from Arabic (ḫinzīr) jabalī, mountain (swine), from jabal, mountain; see gbl in Semitic roots.]


(Animals) a collared peccary, Tayassu tajacu


(ˈpɛk ə ri)

n., pl. -ries, (esp. collectively) -ry.
either of two piglike mammals constituting the New World family Tayassuidae, esp. Tayassu tajacu, ( collared peccary or javelina), having a dark gray coat with a white collar.
[1605–15; < Carib]
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Noun1.javelina - dark grey peccary with an indistinct white collarjavelina - dark grey peccary with an indistinct white collar; of semi desert areas of Mexico and southwestern United States
musk hog, peccary - nocturnal gregarious pig-like wild animals of North America and South America
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Three javelinas were about 60 yards back in the brush, feeding on some prickly pear cactuses.
I'd planned to bowhunt for javelinas on the Reservation, but a wipeout on one of my Harleys put me on the disabled list.
Q We are going to hunt javelinas, Coues deer, and mule deer in January in southern Arizona.
I've shot both ferals and javelinas with assorted mechanicals, and the results have been mixed.
My latest excursion was for javelinas and feral hogs with Horns & Thorns Outfitters in Bracketwille.
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The Dodgers are sending pitchers Jamie Arnold, Eric Gagne and Mike Judd, catcher Paul LoDuca and infielder Adam Riggs to the Peoria Javelinas.
Big mule deer and trophy-sized Coues deer are his specialty, but he also has bagged desert black bears, bull elk, javelinas, Merriam turkeys, and mountain lions.
Fall back: Former JetHawks pitcher Denny Stark and catcher Dusty Wathan, were added to the Peoria Javelinas roster for the Arizona Fall League.
While publishing deadlines forced me to cut my visit short, outfitter Wade McCauley made sure my time was well spent in brushy hides frequented by plenty of whitetails, hogs, javelinas, turkeys, and a mix of wild game, birds, and other critters.