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n. pl. pec·ca·ries
Any of several piglike hoofed mammals of the family Tayassuidae, found in North, Central, and South America and having stiff bristles and short, straight tusks.

[Ultimately from Carib pakira.]


n, pl -ries or -ry
(Animals) either of two piglike artiodactyl mammals, Tayassu tajacu (collared peccary) or T. albirostris (white-lipped peccary) of forests of southern North America, Central, and South America: family Tayassuidae
[C17: from Carib]


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peccary - nocturnal gregarious pig-like wild animals of North America and South Americapeccary - nocturnal gregarious pig-like wild animals of North America and South America
artiodactyl, artiodactyl mammal, even-toed ungulate - placental mammal having hooves with an even number of functional toes on each foot
genus Pecari, genus Tayassu, Tayassu - type genus of the Tayassuidae
collared peccary, javelina, Peccari angulatus, Tayassu angulatus, Tayassu tajacu - dark grey peccary with an indistinct white collar; of semi desert areas of Mexico and southwestern United States
Tayassu pecari, white-lipped peccary - blackish peccary with whitish cheeks; larger than the collared peccary
Chiacoan peccary - a recently discovered large wild pig of Paraguay


[ˈpekərɪ] N (peccary or peccaries (pl)) (Zool) → saíno m, pecarí m (LAm), pécari m (LAm)


nPekari nt, → Nabelschwein nt
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Mylohyus nasutus long-nosed peccary of the Texas Pleistocene.
Two species of peccaries (family Tayassuidae) can be found in the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil: the whitelipped peccary (Tayassu pecari, Link 1795) and the collared peccary (Pecari tajacu, Linnaeus 1758).
Six species, including the collared peccary, were found exclusively in the continuous forest.
He ate the latter in a moment of hunger, but says that his favourite forest foods are paca rodents, peccary, armadillo and land tortoises, in that order; monkeys, however, are only tolerable.
Collared peccary, more commonly known as javelina, make sporty and novel late-season quarry.
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Found only in the Gran Chaco of southeastern Bolivia, northern Argentina, and Paraguay, Chacoans - called tagua in Paraguay, quimilero in Argentina, and chancho solitario or jabali in Bolivia - are the rarest of the three peccary species native to the Americas.
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The Pleistocene fauna also contained extinct species of peccary and antilocaprid, and such extant montane species as Sorex vagrans, S.
In fact, it was my third trip, and I had yet to see a white-lipped peccary.
One camera was opened by a white-lipped peccary (Tayassupecari); one camera did not function for the first half of the study; and in one case the batteries died early.