Agouti Definition

ə-go͝otē
agouti, agoutis
noun
agoutis
Any of several burrowing rodents of the genus Dasyprocta, native to tropical America and having a grizzled dark brown to orange coat.
American Heritage
A rabbit-sized, nocturnal rodent (family Dasyproctidae) with grizzled fur, found in tropical America.
Webster's New World
A grizzled coat type in various animals that is produced by alternate bands of light and dark color on each hair shaft.
American Heritage

A rodent similar in appearance to a guinea pig but having longer legs.

Wiktionary

A fur containing a pattern of pigmentation in which individual hairs have several bands of light and dark pigment with black tips; any of several genes responsible for this pigmentation.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
  • Dasyprocta aguti
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Other Word Forms of Agouti

Noun

Singular:
agouti
Plural:
agoutis

Origin of Agouti

  • From French agouti or Spanish agutí, both from Old Tupi akuti and other Tupian languages.

    From Wiktionary

  • French from American Spanish agutí from Guaraní acutí

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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