- 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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Examples from the Web for capybara
Venezuela: The country to the south takes us in a pretty weird direction by offering the capybara.Which Country Should Snowden Live In?
July 7, 2013
The capybara is classed with the Cavidae or guinea-pig tribe.The Western World
Of the three, the Capybara (Hydrochrus capybara) is the largest.The Desert World
We sat down to supper, Franz eager to partake of his capybara.The Swiss Family Robinson
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The capybara (Hydrochoerus capybara) is also numerous in this region.
Pencroft looked from one to the other, his capybara in his hand, without saying a word.The Mysterious Island
- 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
C18: from Portuguese capibara, from Tupi
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Word Origin and History for capybara
South American rodent, 1774, from some Tupi (Brazilian) native name.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper