ab·​ro·​come | \ ˈabrəˌkōm \
plural -s

Definition of abrocome

: 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

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First Known Use of abrocome

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abrocome

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

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“Abrocome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abrocome. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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