- a large, white-spotted, almost tailless rodent, Agouti paca, of Central and South America, having features resembling a guinea pig and rabbit: valued as food.
Origin of paca
1650–60; < Spanish or Portuguese < Tupi
Also called spotted cavy.
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Examples from the Web for paca
The paca is also very plentiful, and becomes easily domesticated.
The tools used are made of the incisor teeth of the paca and cavy.
These were pacas (Coelogenus paca), agoutis (Chloromys), and capivaras.The Forest Exiles
The paca, by-the-by, was roasted, and preferred to the ducks.The Young Llanero
How Paca will laugh at me, when I go home after such a terrible defeat!Trafalgar
Benito Prez Galds
- a large burrowing hystricomorph rodent, Cuniculus paca, of Central and South America, having white-spotted brown fur and a large head: family Dasyproctidae
C17: from Spanish, from Tupi
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Word Origin and History for paca
Central and South American rodent, 1650s, from Spanish, from Tupi (Brazil) paca.
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