agouti

noun agou·ti \ ə-ˈgü-tē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

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Origin and Etymology of agouti

borrowed from Middle French, borrowed from Tupi akutí
Note: The form (with voiced stop) and spelling depend on French, where the word first appeared in the 16th-century reports of Brazil ("France Antarctique"): in André de Thevet's Les singularitez de la France antarctique, 1558 (agoutin) and Jean de Léry's Histoire d'un voyage faict en la terre du Bresil, 1578 (agouti); it was taken up in the next century by Georg Marcgrave and Willem Piso (Historia naturalis Brasiliae, 1648) and in the 18th century by Linnaeus.


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agouti

noun agou·ti \ ə-ˈgüt-ē \

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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