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 For example, the giant ground sloth identified by Iriarte and his colleagues could in fact be a capybara -- a giant rodent common today across the region. Katie Hunt, CNN, 7 Mar. 2022 The capybara is the world's largest rodent and a close relative of the guinea pig. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 26 Jan. 2022 Cloudy 67 San Francisco: Rainy, 62 San Jose: Rainy 65 Fresno: Treat yourself to a spa day like this capybara did. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2021 Another resident posted photos of a capybara run over by a van. Silvina Frydlewsky, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2021 Ever idly wondered if a capybara could somehow take down an elephant in a beachfront brawl? David Shiffman, Scientific American, 22 Feb. 2021 Watching a capybara look contentedly out of place among guinea pigs helps. Aj Willingham, CNN, 22 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 8 Oct. 2020 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capybara. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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