Peccary (noun)

A hoofed mammal native to Central and South America, similar to a pig, but with a prehensile snout.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in the principal navigations, voiages, traffiques and discoveries of the english nation (richard hakluyt). from spanish pecarí, from a tupian word.


  1. The peccary is a social animal and lives in large herds.
  2. The peccary's habitat ranges from the deserts to the rainforests of South America.
  3. The peccary's diet consists mainly of roots, fruits, and small invertebrates.
  4. The peccary's strong jaws and prehensile snout make it a formidable forager.
  5. The peccary is hunted for its meat and for its leather, which is used to make belts and other products.
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