Search: javelina name origin
Why: I was admiring some art from Draw Something (are you playing? I can't get enough. We literally lie in bed drawing and laughing and cornholing except Buster) when I spotted this:
which made me think of this:
There you are.
Answer: It's a topic of debate! But here is a pretty good theory:
- It comes from the Spanish word jabali, "wild boar." A jabalina is a "wild sow."
- That term comes from the Arabic term khinzīr jabalīy, "mountain pig." A jabal is a mountain.
Source: Some person's page about javelinas
The More You Know: Other beautiful names for the javelina include peccary and skunk pig.
Bonus screenshot: Wherein James and I discuss "RuPaul's Drag Race" and his experiences with peccaries in Guatemala: