paca

noun
pa·​ca | \ ˈpä-kə How to pronounce paca (audio) , ˈpa- How to pronounce paca (audio) \

Definition of paca

: either of two large nocturnal chiefly Central and South American rodents (Agouti paca synonym Cuniculus paca and A. taczanowskii synonym C. taczanowskii) that typically have a white-spotted brownish coat

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First Known Use of paca

1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paca

Portuguese, from Tupi páka

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“Paca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paca. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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