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[vi-skah-chuh] /vɪˈskɑ tʃə/
a burrowing rodent, Lagostomus maximus, about the size of a groundhog, inhabiting the pampas of Paraguay and Argentina, allied to the chinchilla.
Also called mountain viscacha. a related rodent of the genus Lagidium, of the Andes, about the size of a squirrel, having rabbitlike ears and a squirrellike tail.
Also, vizcacha.
1595-1605; < Spanish < Quechua wisk’acha Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for viscacha


a gregarious burrowing hystricomorph rodent, Lagostomus maximus, of southern South America, similar to but larger than the chinchillas: family Chinchillidae
mountain viscacha, the mountain chinchilla See chinchilla (sense 3)
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan wiskácha
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Encyclopedia Article for viscacha

any of four species of slender yet fairly large South American rodents similar to chinchillas. They have short forelimbs, long hindlimbs, and a long, bushy tail. The soft fur is long and dense, and the soles of the feet have fleshy pads.[how about a brief comment on interesting social structure, vocalizations, and hunting for fur/meat/extermination in all 4 species?]

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