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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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"Beyond the snakes, you might have to deal with javelinas. Up until last year I'd only had a few run-ins with them, but never experienced a full-on attack.
Through some colorful scenes and familiar songs we meet Red ("Little Red Riding Hood"), Boy (the "Boy Who Cried Wolf"), "The Three Little Pigs," or rather, Javelinas, ("pigs" are very offensive to them), and Humpty and her Care Bear friends.
At this point Cooper had taken the coyote mentioned, as well as several javelinas with his bow, but he remained a bit skeptical as to the effectiveness of his equipment in bringing down a large bull elk.
The Franchi rifle I used was chambered to .308, and it performed to a "T." Over the course of three days, I took two 8-point bucks; two hogs, including a 200-pound boar; two javelinas; and three raccoons.
Harris cited images of javelinas, pig-like desert mammals, and coatimundi, members of the raccoon family, captured at higher latitudes in recent years.
Peccaries,&nbsp;commonly&nbsp;referred to as javelinas or skunk pigs, are mammals native to the Americas and are pig-like in appearance.
A deadly tack driver, it has accounted for 2 elk and 3 javelinas to date.
The olive and fig trees were coming along nicely, too, until the wild javelinas chomped on them.
Javelina--Our cameras detected 244 javelinas, or 3.20 detections per 100 trap nights.
In Arizona I always hunted with a handgun, and we'd locate javelinas by both glassing and listening.
Javelinas were a different story The javelina, or collared peccary is a native North American animal weighing perhaps 30 to 50 pounds.
So, in that spirit, brown bears become wild' boars, grizzly bears equal javelinas, polar bears are coyotes, Quebec-Labrador caribou are bobcats, Tule elk are fox, mountain goat are feral goats, bighorn sheep are feral rams (Merino, Barbary or Mouflon), Dall's sheep are cottontail rabbits, desert bighorns are jackrabbits and Stone's sheep are snowshoe hares.