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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paca

either of two species of South American rodents with piglike bodies, large heads, and swollen cheeks. They have short ears, large eyes, and long whiskers, and their bodies are stout, with large rumps and short limbs. The front feet have four toes, and the hindfeet have five-two tiny side toes and three long, weight-bearing middle toes, all with thick claws.

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