Hydrochaerus capybara
Capybara Ca`py*ba"ra, n. [Sp. capibara, fr. the native name.] (Zo["o]l.) A large South American rodent ({Hydroch[ae]rus capybara}) Living on the margins of lakes and rivers. It is the largest extant rodent, being about three feet long, and half that in height. It somewhat resembles the Guinea pig, to which it is related; -- called also {cabiai} and {water hog}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris — Capybara Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) Systematik Unterordnung: Stachelschweinverwandte (Hystricomorpha) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • capybara — noun Etymology: Portuguese capibara, capivara, alteration of capiiuara, from Tupi kapiʔiwara, from kapíʔi grass, brush + wara eater Date: 1774 a tailless semiaquatic South and Central American rodent (Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris) often exceeding… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • capybara — [ˌkapɪ bα:rə] noun (plural same or capybaras) a large South American rodent resembling a long legged guinea pig. [Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris.] Origin C17: from Sp. capibara or Port. capivara, from Tupi capiuára, from capĩ grass + uára eater …   English new terms dictionary

  • capybara — /kæpiˈbarə/ (say kapee bahruh) noun the largest living rodent, Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris, about one metre long, living along the banks of South American rivers, sand coloured and virtually tailless. {Portuguese capibara, from Tupi kapigwara grass …   Australian English dictionary

  • water-hog — n. Capibara, cabiai (Hydrochaerus capybara) …   New dictionary of synonyms

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