viscacha

noun
vis·​ca·​cha | \ vi-ˈskä-chə How to pronounce viscacha (audio) \
variants: or

Definition of viscacha

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

Illustration of viscacha

Illustration of viscacha

Examples of viscacha in a Sentence

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'viscacha.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of viscacha

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viscacha

Spanish vizcacha, from Quechua wisk'acha

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about viscacha

Time Traveler for viscacha

Time Traveler

The first known use of viscacha was in 1604

See more words from the same year

Statistics for viscacha

Cite this Entry

“Viscacha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/viscacha. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on viscacha

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about viscacha

Comments on viscacha

What made you want to look up viscacha? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!