plural noun

: a suborder of Rodentia comprising forms distinguished by zygomatic arch in which the jugal bone forms the center block and including porcupines, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and many others
or hystricomorphous

Word History


New Latin, from Hystric-, Hystrix + -morpha

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“Hystricomorpha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hystricomorpha. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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