capybara

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noun cap·y·bara \ˌka-pi-ˈber-ə, -ˈbär-, -ˈba-rə\

Definition of capybara

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

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Origin and Etymology of capybara

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


First Known Use: 1774


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