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


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.

Origin of paca

1650–60; < Spanish or Portuguese < Tupi
Also called spotted cavy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for paca

/ (ˈpɑːkə, ˈpækə) /


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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