Definition of agouti in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈɡuːti

noun (plural same or agoutis)

1A large long-legged burrowing rodent related to the guinea pig, native to Central and South America.
  • Genera Cuniculus and Dasyprocta, family Dasyproctidae: several species
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  • People gather the nuts, as do native rabbit-size rodents called agoutis.
  • There are many possibilities, especially for comparative research in mole rats, agouti, gerbils and elephant shrews.
  • These include the capybara, the agouti, the coypu, the cavy and the chinchilla.
1.1 [mass noun] Fur in which each hair has alternate dark and light bands, producing a grizzled appearance.
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  • The dorsal hair shows so-called agouti pattern.
  • In mice, as in many other mammals, the wild-type pigmentation pattern of the fur is called agouti.
  • If they can see a tabby pattern in the fur, then the cat must be agouti, whereas if the colors are solid then the cat is nonagouti.
1.2A rodent, especially a mouse, having agouti fur.
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  • Fig 2 shows the chemical analysis of melanins from dorsal midline fur of adult agouti mutant mice.
  • Many genetics texts include examples of agouti and black in mice.
  • Crossings between dark variants and gray agoutis only produced agoutis.


mid 16th century: via French or from Spanish aguti, from Tupi akutí.

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