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agouti

[uh-goo-tee]
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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 sugar cane.
  2. an irregularly barred pattern of the fur of certain rodents.
  3. an animal having fur of this pattern.
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Origin of agouti

1725–35; < French < Spanish agutí < Tupian agutí, agoutí, acutí
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Examples from the Web for agouti

Historical Examples

  • I, too, know the agouti by descriptions and pictures, and there is little doubt that this is a specimen.

    Sea Stories

    Various

  • It differs from the agouti by having a tail, which the latter has not.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10)

    Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

  • The Cavies and the Agouti of America are classified with this family.

  • The agouti of South America is the representative of the Dasyproctidæ.

  • It includes the tapir, the agouti, the guinea-pig, and the peccari.


British Dictionary definitions for agouti

agouti

noun plural -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
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Word Origin

C18: via French and Spanish from Guarani
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