Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


or vizcacha

[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. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for viscacha
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
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for viscacha

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for viscacha

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for viscacha