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[kap-uh-bahr-uh] /ˌkæp əˈbɑr ə/
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 Unabridged
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  • The capybara is classed with the Cavidae or guinea-pig tribe.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Of the three, the capybara (Hydrochrus capybara) is the largest.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • We sat down to supper, Franz eager to partake of his capybara.

    The Swiss Family Robinson Johann David Wyss
  • The capybara (Hydrochoerus capybara) is also numerous in this region.

  • Pencroft looked from one to the other, his capybara in his hand, without saying a word.

    The Mysterious Island Jules Verne
  • As it was important to secure a good supply of food, the capybara was forthwith cut up, and some of its flesh roasted.

    The Young Llanero W.H.G. Kingston
  • The creature made little or no resistance; and having dragged it up to the fire, we saw that it was a capybara, or water-hog.

    The Young Llanero W.H.G. Kingston
  • capybara The capybara or ronsoco, the largest of living rodents, is quite common on the river side.

  • The jaguar frequents the borders of the rivers and lagunes, and its common prey is the capybara.

British Dictionary definitions for capybara


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
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Word Origin and History for capybara

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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