Echimys

noun Echi·mys \ -ˈkīmə̇s , ˈekəˌmis \

Definition of Echimys

:a genus (the type of the family Echimyidae) of hystricomorph rodents of South and Central America comprising various spiny rats or urares

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Origin and Etymology of echimys

New Latin, irregular from Greek echinos hedgehog + mys mouse


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