Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A South American genus of hystricomorphic rodents of the family Chinchillidæ, of comparatively large size and stout form, with the lip cleft, the fore feet 4-toed, the hind 3-toed, and bushy tail. The only species is the viscacha or biscacha, L. trichodac tylus. Also erroneously Lagogtomys. See cut under
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mammal genus comprising the viscachas.
- n. viscachas.
“Other mammals in the area are the vizcachas (Lagostomus maximus), the cuis pampeano (Cavia aperea), the nutria (Myocastur coypus), and the opossum (Didelphis albiventris).”
“The bizcacha (Lagostomus trichodactylus) somewhat resembles a large rabbit, but with bigger gnawing teeth and a long tail; it has, however, only three toes behind, like the agouti.”
“Ecologia de la vizcacha (Lagostomus maximus maximus Blainv.) en el nordeste de la provincia de Entre Rios.”
“Growth rates in vizcacha (Lagostomus maximus) in San Luis, Argentina.”
“Vizcachas (Lagostomus maximus) are soft-furred South American rodents that look like long-tailed guinea pigs.”
“The mammalia is poor in species, and with the single exception of the well-known vizcacha (Lagostomus trichodactylus), there is not one of which it can truly be said that it is in any special way the product of the pampas, or, in other words, that its instincts are better suited to the conditions of the pampas than to those of other districts.”
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