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capybara

[kap-uh-bahr-uh] /ˌkæp əˈbɑr ə/
noun
1.
a South American tailless rodent, Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, living along the banks of rivers and lakes, having partly webbed feet: the largest living rodent.
Also, capibara.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < New Latin < Portuguese capibara < Tupi
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capybara

/ˌkæpɪˈbɑːrə/
noun
1.
the largest rodent: a pig-sized amphibious hystricomorph, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, resembling a guinea pig and inhabiting river banks in Central and South America: family Hydrochoeridae
Word Origin
C18: from Portuguese capibara, from Tupi
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Word Origin and History for capybara
n.

South American rodent, 1774, from some Tupi (Brazilian) native name.

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