Definition of pacarana in English:

pacarana

Line breaks: paca|rana
Pronunciation: /ˌpakəˈrɑːnə
 
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noun

  • A slow-moving South American cavy-like rodent that has coarse dark hair with white stripes along the back, and a short furry tail.
    • Dinomys branickii, the only member of the family Dinomyidae
    More example sentences
    • Eight other species, including pacas, pacaranas, spiny rats and porcupines, also steal Brazil nuts stored by agoutis.
    • The feet seem to be adapted to digging, but pacaranas are not known as diggers.

Origin

from Tupi, literally 'false paca'.

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