pacas

paca

[pah-kuh, pak-uh]
noun
a large, white-spotted, almost tailless rodent, Agouti paca, of Central and South America, having features resembling a guinea pig and rabbit: valued as food.
Also called spotted cavy.


Origin:
1650–60; < Spanish or Portuguese < Tupi

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paca (ˈpɑːkə, ˈpækə)
 
n
a large burrowing hystricomorph rodent, Cuniculus paca, of Central and South America, having white-spotted brown fur and a large head: family Dasyproctidae
 
[C17: from Spanish, from Tupi]

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paca
Central and South American rodent, 1657, from Sp., from Tupi (Brazil) paca.
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