paca

[ pah-kuh, pak-uh ]
/ ˈpɑ kə, ˈpæk ə /

noun

a large, white-spotted, almost tailless rodent, Agouti paca, of Central and South America, having features resembling a guinea pig and rabbit: valued as food.

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Also called spotted cavy.

Origin of paca

1650–60; <Spanish or Portuguese <Tupi
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British Dictionary definitions for paca

paca
/ (ˈpɑːkə, ˈpækə) /

noun

a large burrowing hystricomorph rodent, Cuniculus paca, of Central and South America, having white-spotted brown fur and a large head: family Dasyproctidae

Word Origin for paca

C17: from Spanish, from Tupi
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