- 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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It is reported from one to another until every vizcacha is safe in his burrow.
Associations of families without apparent structure or organisation, such as those of the vizcacha and the beaver.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
Unlike most other burrowing species, the Vizcacha prefers to work on open level spots.The Industries of Animals
Even when pursued by fierce dogs a vizcacha will rarely enter a room of another.
- a variant spelling of 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)
C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan wiskácha
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