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  1. viscacha.


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  1. a burrowing rodent, Lagostomus maximus, about the size of a groundhog, inhabiting the pampas of Paraguay and Argentina, allied to the chinchilla.
  2. 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
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Historical Examples

  • It is reported from one to another until every vizcacha is safe in his burrow.

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  • Associations of families without apparent structure or organisation, such as those of the vizcacha and the beaver.

  • Unlike most other burrowing species, the Vizcacha prefers to work on open level spots.

  • Even when pursued by fierce dogs a vizcacha will rarely enter a room of another.

British Dictionary definitions for vizcacha


  1. a variant spelling of viscacha



  1. a gregarious burrowing hystricomorph rodent, Lagostomus maximus, of southern South America, similar to but larger than the chinchillas: family Chinchillidae
  2. mountain viscacha the mountain chinchillaSee chinchilla (def. 3)

Word Origin

C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan wiskácha
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