Paca meaning

päkə, păkə
Either of two nocturnal burrowing rodents of the genus Cuniculus of South and Central America, C. paca, found in lowland forested regions, or C. taczanowskii, found at higher elevations.
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Any of a genus (Cuniculus, family Dasyproctidae) of short-tailed or tailless burrowing, herbivorous rodents of South and Central America, with spotted brown fur and hooflike toes.
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Any of the large rodents of the genus Cuniculus (but see also Cuniculus#Synonyms), native to Central America and South America, which have dark brown or black fur, a white or yellowish underbelly and rows of white spots along the sides.
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Origin of paca

  • Portuguese American Spanish both from Tupí páca

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

  • Via Spanish and Portuguese, from Guaraní paka.

    From Wiktionary