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paca

[pah-kuh, pak-uh] /ˈpɑ kə, ˈpæk ə/
noun
1.
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 of paca
1650-1660
1650-60; < Spanish or Portuguese < Tupi
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paca

/ˈpɑːkə; ˈpækə/
noun
1.
a large burrowing hystricomorph rodent, Cuniculus paca, of Central and South America, having white-spotted brown fur and a large head: family Dasyproctidae
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish, from Tupi
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Word Origin and History for paca
n.

Central and South American rodent, 1650s, from Spanish, from Tupi (Brazil) paca.

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