plural -s
: either of two ratlike hystricomorph rodents having fine soft fur and large rounded ears and constituting a genus (Abrocoma) restricted to the Andes mountains

called also rat chinchilla

Word History


borrowed from New Latin Abrocoma, borrowed from Greek habrós "graceful, delicate" + kómē "hair"

First Known Use

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abrocome was circa 1911

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“Abrocome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abrocome. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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