Definition of agouti
1 : any of a genus (Dasyprocta) of tropical American rodents about the size of a rabbit
2 : a grizzled color of fur resulting from the barring of each hair in several alternate dark and light bands
Recent Examples of agouti from the Web
That spring, a non-flying vulture used a gust of wind to make it out of its enclosure at the Zoo, and in July 2015, a squirrel-like agouti ducked out of its cage before being caught less than 30 minutes later.
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Origin and Etymology of agouti
French, from Spanish agutí, ultimately from Tupi akutí
First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of agouti
1: a rodent of the genus Dasyprocta (especially D. leporina)
2: a grizzled color of fur resulting from the barring of each hair in several alternate dark and light bands
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