vis·​ca·​cha vi-ˈskä-chə How to pronounce viscacha (audio)
variants or
: any of several South American burrowing rodents (genera Lagostomus and Lagidium) closely related to the chinchilla

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Example Sentences

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

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Word History


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

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“Viscacha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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