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  • Their name comes from the Spanish word for javelin, "jabalina," because of their razor-sharp teeth.] "T'ought I was lyin 'about the money, did ye?

    Heart of the West [Annotated]

  • It turns out javelina (pronounced hah-v@-LEE-n@) is a synonym for collared peccary and has an interesting etymology:Alteration of Spanish jabalina, feminine of jabalí, jabalín, wild boar, from Arabic (hinzir) jabal, mountain (swine), from jabal, mountain; see gbl in Semitic roots. JAVELINA.

  • A number of animals and vegetables followed the same route: avocado from aguacate; mesquite; sapodilla from zapote; guayule; coyote; armadillo; ocelot from ocelote; chaparral; and javalina from jabalina.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XV No 2


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