- 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
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Examples from the Web for viscacha
The fur of the viscacha is not so pretty, being of a brownish and white mixture.The Forest Exiles
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
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
- 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)
C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan wiskácha