cap·​y·​bara | \ ˌka-pi-ˈber-ə How to pronounce capybara (audio) , -ˈba-rə, -ˈbär-ə How to pronounce capybara (audio) \

Definition of capybara

: a tailless semiaquatic South and Central American rodent (Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris) often exceeding four feet (1.2 meters) in length

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Recent Examples on the Web Nutria are most closely related to porcupines or South American capybaras, which is a source of protein for the subtropical countries such as Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Victoria Dodge,, "Invasive rodent destroying coast target of dog treat business," 17 Sep. 2019 The same logic is applied in Venezuela, where Catholics feast upon capybara, a large, semi-aquatic rodent. Gena Steffens, National Geographic, "Critically endangered turtles under siege during Lent," 29 Apr. 2019 Among the animals that live in the rainforest are some of the world’s rarest and most colorful birds; hundreds of monkey species; giant cats like jaguars and black panthers; and unusual creatures like tapirs and capybaras. NBC News, "Why is the Amazon rainforest important?," 9 Sep. 2019 Those that are more mobile will do better in the short-term, such as large cats, capybaras, birds of prey. Hira Humayun, CNN, "What the Amazon's fires mean for its animals," 28 Aug. 2019 One example is the jaguar, which preys on a range of animals from capybaras to aquatic organisms, according to the WWF. Hira Humayun, CNN, "What the Amazon's fires mean for its animals," 28 Aug. 2019 Two-year-old siblings Juruna and Marina prowl a seven-acre pen into which a live capybara is released once a week. NBC News, "Jaguar reintroduction plan in Argentina represents rare good news story for big cats," 21 July 2019 The next phase for the cubs will be living in the complex’s largest enclosure, a 70-acre stretch of wetland that is already a permanent home to several capybara families. NBC News, "Jaguar reintroduction plan in Argentina represents rare good news story for big cats," 21 July 2019 Explore the outdoors Wildlife can be easily experienced in the Botanical Garden, home to an immense diversity of plants and animals like toucans, capuchin monkeys, capybaras, and tanagers. National Geographic, "See Rio like a Nat Geo Explorer," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of capybara

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capybara

Portuguese capibara, capivara, alteration of capiiuara, from Tupi kapiʔiwara, from kapíʔi grass, brush + -wara eater

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“Capybara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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