capybara

[kap-uh-bahr-uh]
noun
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:
1765–75; < Neo-Latin < Portuguese capibara < Tupi

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capybara (ˌkæpɪˈbɑːrə)
 
n
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
 
[C18: from Portuguese capibara, from Tupi]

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capybara
1774, from some Tupi (Brazilian) native name.
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Powerful coils literally squeeze the life out of prey, including even the capybara, the largest rodent in the world.
The capybara meat is dried and salted, then shredded and seasoned.
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