Definition of javelina in US English:



North American
  • another term for peccary
    • ‘I often hunt in Texas where one could encounter whitetail, javelina, and turkey all from the same blind on the same morning.’
    • ‘Collared peccaries, or javelinas, may be the agents most responsible for moving leguminous tree seeds back upstream.’
    • ‘At the same time my friend and hunting companion took a trophy whitetail, a huge javelina, and a big tom turkey.’
    • ‘Other creatures can also flourish there, including quail, jackrabbits, and small, wild pigs called javelinas.’
    • ‘This unique region also hosts an impressive array of other wildlife, including blacktail prairie dogs, gray foxes, and piglike javelinas.’


Early 19th century: from Spanish jabalina, from the feminine form of jabalí ‘wild boar’, from Arabic jabali ‘mountaineer’.