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