agouti

noun agou·ti \ ə-ˈgü-tē \

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

French, from Spanish agutí, ultimately from Tupi akutí


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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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