or viz·ca·cha



a burrowing rodent, Lagostomus maximus, about the size of a groundhog, inhabiting the pampas of Paraguay and Argentina, allied to the chinchilla.
Also called mountain viscacha. a related rodent of the genus Lagidium, of the Andes, about the size of a squirrel, having rabbitlike ears and a squirrellike tail.

Origin of viscacha

1595–1605; < Spanish < Quechua wisk’acha Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for viscacha

Historical Examples of viscacha

  • The fur of the viscacha is not so pretty, being of a brownish and white mixture.

  • In many forms this part of the sternum is much broader than the pieces which follow; this is so with the Viscacha.

  • There the biscacha, or viscacha—as it is indifferently spelt—plays pretty much the same part as the rabbit in our northern lands.

  • Closely related to the chinchilla is the viscacha, which is found very abundantly in the great pampas districts of South America.

British Dictionary definitions for viscacha




a gregarious burrowing hystricomorph rodent, Lagostomus maximus, of southern South America, similar to but larger than the chinchillas: family Chinchillidae
mountain viscacha the mountain chinchillaSee chinchilla (def. 3)

Word Origin for viscacha

C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan wiskácha
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