viscacha

viscacha

[vi-skah-chuh]
noun
1.
a burrowing rodent, Lagostomus maximus, about the size of a groundhog, inhabiting the pampas of Paraguay and Argentina, allied to the chinchilla.
2.
Also called mountain viscacha. a related rodent of the genus Lagidium, of the Andes, about the size of a squirrel, having rabbitlike ears and a squirrellike tail.
Also, vizcacha.


Origin:
1595–1605; < Spanish < Quechua wisk’acha

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viscacha or vizcacha (vɪsˈkætʃə)
 
n
1.  a gregarious burrowing hystricomorph rodent, Lagostomus maximus, of southern South America, similar to but larger than the chinchillas: family Chinchillidae
2.  mountain viscacha See chinchilla the mountain chinchilla
 
[C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan wiskácha]
 
vizcacha or vizcacha
 
n
 
[C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan wiskácha]

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viscacha

any of four species of slender yet fairly large South American rodents similar to chinchillas. They have short forelimbs, long hindlimbs, and a long, bushy tail. The soft fur is long and dense, and the soles of the feet have fleshy pads.[how about a brief comment on interesting social structure, vocalizations, and hunting for fur/meat/extermination in all 4 species?]

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