Peccary Pec"ca*ry, n.; pl. {Peccaries}. [From the native South American name: cf. F. p['e]cari, Sp. pecar.] (Zo["o]l.) A pachyderm of the genus {Dicotyles}. [1913 Webster]

Note: 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. [1913 Webster]

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, (Dicotyles torquatus)

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