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[vi-skah-chuh] /vɪˈskɑ tʃə/
a burrowing rodent, Lagostomus maximus, about the size of a groundhog, inhabiting the pampas of Paraguay and Argentina, allied to the chinchilla.
Also called mountain viscacha. a related rodent of the genus Lagidium, of the Andes, about the size of a squirrel, having rabbitlike ears and a squirrellike tail.
Origin of viscacha
1595-1605; < Spanish < Quechua wisk’acha Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • The fur of the viscacha is not so pretty, being of a brownish and white mixture.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • In many forms this part of the sternum is much broader than the pieces which follow; this is so with the viscacha.

  • There the biscacha, or viscacha—as it is indifferently spelt—plays pretty much the same part as the rabbit in our northern lands.

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • Closely related to the chinchilla is the viscacha, which is found very abundantly in the great pampas districts of South America.

British Dictionary definitions for viscacha


a gregarious burrowing hystricomorph rodent, Lagostomus maximus, of southern South America, similar to but larger than the chinchillas: family Chinchillidae
mountain viscacha, the mountain chinchilla See chinchilla (sense 3)
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan wiskácha
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