[ uh-goo-tee ]

noun,plural a·gou·tis, a·gou·ties.
  1. any of several short-haired, short-eared, rabbitlike rodents of the genus Dasyprocta, of South and Central America and the West Indies, destructive to sugarcane.

  2. an irregularly barred pattern of the fur of certain rodents.

  1. an animal having fur of this pattern.

Origin of agouti

First recorded in 1725–35; from French, from Spanish agutí, from Tupian agutí, agoutí, acutí
  • Rarely a·gou·ty .

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British Dictionary definitions for agouti


/ (əˈɡuːtɪ) /

nounplural -tis or -ties
  1. any hystricomorph rodent of the genus Dasyprocta, of Central and South America and the Caribbean: family Dasyproctidae. Agoutis are agile and long-legged, with hooflike claws, and are valued for their meat

  2. a pattern of fur in certain rodents, characterized by irregular stripes

Origin of agouti

C18: via French and Spanish from Guarani

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