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

History and Etymology for Echimys

New Latin, irregular from Greek echinos hedgehog + mys mouse

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“Echimys.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Echimys. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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