vis·​ca·​cha | \ vi-ˈskä-chə How to pronounce viscacha (audio) \
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Definition of viscacha

: any of several South American burrowing rodents (genera Lagostomus and Lagidium) closely related to the chinchilla

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Recent Examples on the Web And a small South American rodent called the red viscacha has a whopping 104. Ryan Cross, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: How cats conquered the world, stratospheric balloons commercialized, and bird eggs explained," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of viscacha

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viscacha

Spanish vizcacha, from Quechua wisk'acha

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“Viscacha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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