from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large nocturnal burrowing rodent of the genus Cuniculus, found in South and Central America and similar to the agouti, especially the spotted species C. paca that lives on plants and fruit and is hunted for its edible flesh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large rodent, with dark brown or black fur, a white or yellowish underbelly and rows of white spots along its sides, native to Central America and South America.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large burrowing South American rodent (Agouti paca syn. Cuniculus paca, formerly Cœlogenys paca), having blackish brown fur, with four parallel rows of white spots along its sides; the spotted cavy. It is closely allied to the agouti and the Guinea pig and is highly esteemed as food.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The spotted cavy, Cœlogenys paca, a large hystricomorphic rodent quadruped of the family Dasyproctidæ, inhabiting South America and Central America.
  • n. [capitalized] Same as Cœlogenys.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large burrowing rodent of South America and Central America; highly esteemed as food


Portuguese and American Spanish, both from Tupi páca.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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