from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several piglike hoofed mammals of the family Tayassuidae, found in North, Central, and South America and having long, dark, dense bristles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the family Tayassuidae of mammals from the Americas related to pigs and hippos
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pachyderm of the genus Dicotyles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of swine indigenous to America, belonging to the family Dicotylidæ and the genus Dicotyles. See the technical words.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. nocturnal gregarious pig-like wild animals of North America and South America
The oldest named peccary is Egatochoerus* from the Upper Eocene of Thailand (Ducrocq 1994), and similarly-aged taxa are known from southern China.
The Chacoan peccary is specialised for life in semiarid forests and steppes.
However, scientists still aren't sure if the fourth species of peccary is truly unique ... in other news, I'm going to stick my hand in a peccary's mouth.
They certainly do not represent the heads of mastodons, but we are not ready to say that the peccary is the prototype of these carvings, although the similarity between the glyphs (Pl. 33, figs. 7, 8) and the masks is worthy of note.
The peccary, which is the true representative of the wild hog in America -- has the very same habit, and is well-known to be one of the most fatal enemies of the serpent tribe to be found among American animals.
The fact is, the peccary is a wide "ranger," and frequents either plains or mountains wherever he can find the roots or fruits which constitute his natural food.
It and the peccary are the only two Pachydermata, or thick-skinned animals, indigenous to the southern continent.
He said it was a great hunting-place for the Indians in the Fall of the year, and that they came there to hunt the peccary, which is, as you know, a kind of wild boar, and whose flesh is very good eating. "
Has anyone ever had a dangerous experience with a javelina (collared peccary)?
Love it ... everything you touch seems to be infused with love ... even a trashy peccary!