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viscacha

Syllabification: vis·ca·cha
Pronunciation: /viˈskäCHə
 
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Definition of viscacha in English:

noun

A large South American burrowing rodent of the chinchilla family, sometimes hunted for its fur and flesh.
  • Genera Lagidium and Lagostomus, family Chinchillidae: four species
Example sentences
  • Chinchillas and mountain viscachas live in mountainous, rocky areas, where they move over and through the rocks with great agility.
  • At the time, the nearest known relative of the plains viscacha rat was another viscacha rat, Octomys mimax, with fifty-six chromosomes.
  • After our work with the plains viscacha rat, I became convinced that the vast salt flats scattered throughout the deserts and arid thorn forests of northern Argentina could harbor other salt-pan specialists.

Origin

early 17th century: via Spanish from Quechua (h)uiscacha.

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