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capibara

[kap-uh-bahr-uh]
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noun
  1. capybara.

capybara

or cap·i·ba·ra

[kap-uh-bahr-uh]
noun
  1. a South American tailless rodent, Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, living along the banks of rivers and lakes, having partly webbed feet: the largest living rodent.

Origin of capybara

1765–75; < New Latin < Portuguese capibara < Tupi
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British Dictionary definitions for capibara

capybara

noun
  1. the largest rodent: a pig-sized amphibious hystricomorph, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, resembling a guinea pig and inhabiting river banks in Central and South America: family Hydrochoeridae

Word Origin

C18: from Portuguese capibara, from Tupi
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for capibara

capybara

n.

South American rodent, 1774, from some Tupi (Brazilian) native name.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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