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paca Line breaks: paca
Pronunciation: /ˈpakə/

Definition of paca in English:

noun

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A large nocturnal South American rodent that has a reddish-brown coat patterned with rows of white spots and is hunted for its meat.
  • Genus Cuniculus, family Dasyproctidae: two species
Example sentences
  • We saw squirrel monkeys, capuchins, spider monkeys, peccaries, kinkajous, coatis, howler monkeys, tayras - a large mustelid that Martyn thought was a tree otter - pacas, night monkeys, giant anteaters and a tapir.
  • Eight other species, including pacas, pacaranas, spiny rats and porcupines, also steal Brazil nuts stored by agoutis.
  • Agoutis are smaller than their relatives the piglike pacas and larger than squirrels, which they resemble.

Origin

Mid 17th century: via Spanish and Portuguese from Tupi.

Words that rhyme with paca

alpaca, attacker, backer, clacker, claqueur, Dhaka, hacker, Hakka, lacquer, maraca, packer, sifaka, slacker, smacker, stacker, tacker, tracker, whacker, yakka

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