• WordNet 3.6
    • n peccary nocturnal gregarious pig-like wild animals of North America and South America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Peccary (Zoöl) A pachyderm of the genus Dicotyles.☞ The collared peccary, or tajacu (Dicotyles torquatus), is about the size and shape of a small hog, and has a white ring aroung the neck. It ranges from Arkansas to Brazil. A larger species (Dicotyles labiatus), with white cheeks, is found in South America.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n peccary A kind of swine indigenous to America, belonging to the family Dicotylidæ and the genus Dicotyles. See the technical words. Peccaries are the only indigenous representatives of the Old World Suidæ, or swine, now living in the New World. There are 2 species, the Texan or collared peccary, D. torquatus, also called tajaçu, and the white-lipped peccary of South America, D. labiatus, sometimes placed in another genus, Notophurus. The range of the peccaries is from Arkansas and Texas through Mexico and the greater part of South America. The animals are as large as small pigs, and go in droves; they are extremely vicious and pugnacious, and make formidable antagonists. The flesh is edible, but liable to become infected with the fetid humor of the gland on the back, unless this is properly removed. See also cut under Artiodactyla.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Peccary pek′ar-i a hog-like quadruped of South America.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the native South American name: cf. F. pécari, Sp. pecar,


In literature:

There was no chance for increasing their stock, as they could not find either wild-hogs (peccaries) or capivaras.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
After a few days on shore he began to mend, and to have an appetite for roast peccary.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
There was no chance for increasing their stock, as they could not find either wild-hogs (peccaries) or capivaras.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The peccaries, about a hundred in number, rushed on in a furious crowd.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Flocks of the umbilical hog, or peccary, traverse the level Montanas.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
With this determination they rushed on over the sandbank, closely pursued by the peccaries.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
I also found peccaries, and some deer.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
When Darwin showed the same to a peccary, the hair rose in a wonderful manner along its back.
"Life of Charles Darwin" by G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
PECCARY, breeding of the, in captivity, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
He was kept alive until a big herd of peccaries was met.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel