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.
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How to use viscacha in a sentence
Closely related to the chinchilla is the viscacha, which is found very abundantly in the great pampas districts of South America.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History | Theodore Wood
In many forms this part of the sternum is much broader than the pieces which follow; this is so with the viscacha.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia | Frank Evers Beddard
There the biscacha, or viscacha—as it is indifferently spelt—plays pretty much the same part as the rabbit in our northern lands.Gaspar the Gaucho | Mayne Reid
Why does the white huntsman earth himself like a timid viscacha?The Guide of the Desert | Gustave Aimard
The fur of the viscacha is not so pretty, being of a brownish and white mixture.The Forest Exiles | Mayne Reid
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 chinchilla: See chinchilla (def. 3)
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