capybara

noun
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 Rustrela was found at an unidentified German zoo in three animals — a donkey, a Bennett's tree-kangaroo and a capybara, the largest rodent in the world. Mark Johnson, USA TODAY, "For years, rubella was thought to have no viral relatives. Now, researchers have discovered two.," 8 Oct. 2020 Rustrela was found at an unidentified German zoo in three animals — a donkey, a Bennett's tree-kangaroo and a capybara, the largest rodent in the world. Mark Johnson, USA TODAY, "For years, rubella was thought to have no viral relatives. Now, researchers have discovered two.," 8 Oct. 2020 Rustrela was found at an unidentified German zoo in three animals — a donkey, a Bennett's tree-kangaroo and a capybara, the largest rodent in the world. Mark Johnson, USA TODAY, "For years, rubella was thought to have no viral relatives. Now, researchers have discovered two.," 8 Oct. 2020 Rustrela was found at an unidentified German zoo in three animals — a donkey, a Bennett's tree-kangaroo and a capybara, the largest rodent in the world. Mark Johnson, USA TODAY, "For years, rubella was thought to have no viral relatives. Now, researchers have discovered two.," 8 Oct. 2020 Rustrela was found at an unidentified German zoo in three animals — a donkey, a Bennett's tree-kangaroo and a capybara, the largest rodent in the world. Mark Johnson, USA TODAY, "For years, rubella was thought to have no viral relatives. Now, researchers have discovered two.," 8 Oct. 2020 Rustrela was found at an unidentified German zoo in three animals — a donkey, a Bennett's tree-kangaroo and a capybara, the largest rodent in the world. Mark Johnson, USA TODAY, "For years, rubella was thought to have no viral relatives. Now, researchers have discovered two.," 8 Oct. 2020 Rustrela was found at an unidentified German zoo in three animals — a donkey, a Bennett's tree-kangaroo and a capybara, the largest rodent in the world. Mark Johnson, USA TODAY, "For years, rubella was thought to have no viral relatives. Now, researchers have discovered two.," 8 Oct. 2020 Rustrela was found at an unidentified German zoo in three animals — a donkey, a Bennett's tree-kangaroo and a capybara, the largest rodent in the world. Mark Johnson, USA TODAY, "For years, rubella was thought to have no viral relatives. Now, researchers have discovered two.," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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6 Jan 2021

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“Capybara.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capybara. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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