paca

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

Nearby words

  1. pabulum,
  2. pabx,
  3. pac,
  4. pac-man defense,
  5. pac.,
  6. pacceka,
  7. paccha,
  8. pacchionian,
  9. pacchionian body,
  10. pacchionian depression

Origin of paca

1650–60; < Spanish or Portuguese < Tupi

Also called spotted cavy.

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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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Word Origin and History for paca

paca

n.

Central and South American rodent, 1650s, from Spanish, from Tupi (Brazil) paca.

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