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- n. Plural form of viscacha.
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When the farmer destroys a viscacha-burrow, and buries the inhabitants under a heap of earth, other viscachas -- we are told by Hudson -- "come from a distance to dig out those that are buried alive" (l.c., p. 311).
The Puna stag (_tarush_) slowly advanced from his lair in the mountain recesses, and fixed on me his large, black, wondering eyes; whilst the nimble rock rabbits (_viscachas_) playfully disported and nibbled the scanty herbage growing in the mountain crevices.
The viscachas and chinchillas resemble the rabbit in form and color, but they have shorter ears and long rough tails.
They were chinchillas and viscachas, which he had taken out of his snares set overnight.
Supper over, all the travellers would have retired to rest; but the vaquero, having announced that he was going out to set snares for the chinchillas and viscachas, Leon could not rest, but asked permission to accompany him.
There are several species of each, and with the chinchillas and viscachas already described, they occupy the place in those regions that the hares and rabbits do in northern climates.
These _quanacos_ are larger and more corpulent, and are also called _viscachas_.
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