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

1765–75; < New Latin < Portuguese capibara < Tupi
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  1. 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
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Word Origin

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.

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