capibara

[ kap-uh-bahr-uh ]
/ ˌkæp əˈbɑr ə /

noun


Nearby words

  1. capette,
  2. capeweed,
  3. capful,
  4. caph,
  5. capias,
  6. capiche,
  7. capillaceous,
  8. capillarectasia,
  9. capillaries,
  10. capillariomotor

capybara

or cap·i·ba·ra

[ kap-uh-bahr-uh ]
/ ˌkæp əˈbɑr ə /

noun

a South American tailless rodent, Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, living along the banks of rivers and lakes, having partly webbed feet: the largest living rodent.

Origin of capybara

1765–75; < New Latin < Portuguese capibara < Tupi

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British Dictionary definitions for capibara

capybara

/ (ˌkæpɪˈbɑːrə) /

noun

the largest rodent: a pig-sized amphibious hystricomorph, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, resembling a guinea pig and inhabiting river banks in Central and South America: family Hydrochoeridae

Word Origin for capybara

C18: from Portuguese capibara, from Tupi

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Word Origin and History for capibara

capybara

n.

South American rodent, 1774, from some Tupi (Brazilian) native name.

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