javelina

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English[edit]

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The javelina

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Etymology[edit]

From Spanish javalina (obsolete), jabalina, feminine form of jabalí (wild boar), from Andalusian Arabic جبلي (jabalī) (in خِنْزِير جَبَلِيّ (ḵinzīr jabaliyy, mountain pig)[1]), from Arabic جَبَل (jabal, mountain). Cognate with Portuguese javalina, and similar in other Iberian languages.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

javelina (plural javelinas)

  1. (Canada, US) The peccary, especially the collared peccary. [from 19th c.]
    • 1831, The Genius of Universal Emancipation, Benjamin Lundy, ed. p. 117:
      The Javelina (Peccari) is an animal peculiar so far as I know to Spanish America.
    • about 1900, O. Henry, Hygeia at the Solito
      Some well-mounted heads of deer and one of an enormous black javeli projected from the walls.
    • 2013, Philipp Meyer, The Son, Simon & Schuster 2014, p. 264:
      We […] were ready to send some prickly pears to the next world when the most unfortunate group of javelina on earth walked into view.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Arabic Contributions to the English Language: An Historical Dictionary, by Garland Hampton Cannon, Alan S. Kaye, p. 25

Catalan[edit]

Noun[edit]

javelina f (plural javelines)

  1. javelin