degu

degu

[dey-goo]
noun
a rat-sized New World burrowing rodent, Octodon degus, having long, smooth fur and a black-tipped, tufted tail.

Origin:
1835–45; American Spanish < Araucanian deuñ

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degu

one of four species of ratlike South American rodents found primarily on the lower western slopes of the Andes Mountains. It is one of the most common mammals of central Chile at elevations up to 1,200 metres (3,900 feet), where it prefers open grassy areas near shrubs, rocks, and stone walls.

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