viscacha

noun

vis·​ca·​cha vi-ˈskä-chə How to pronounce viscacha (audio)
variants or vizcacha
: 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, 23 June 2017

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'viscacha.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

Spanish vizcacha, from Quechua wisk'acha

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of viscacha was in 1604

Dictionary Entries Near viscacha

Cite this Entry

“Viscacha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/viscacha. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on viscacha

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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