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 (kăp′ə-bär′ə, -băr′ə)
A large semiaquatic rodent (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) of tropical South America, having short limbs and a vestigial tail and often attaining lengths of more than 1.2 meters (4 feet).

[Portuguese capybara, from Tupí capivara, capibara : capii, grass + urara, eater.]


(Animals) the largest rodent: a pig-sized amphibious hystricomorph, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, resembling a guinea pig and inhabiting river banks in Central and South America: family Hydrochoeridae
[C18: from Portuguese capibara, from Tupi]


(ˌkæp əˈbɑr ə)

n., pl. -ras.
a large South American aquatic rodent, Hydrochoerus capybara.
[1765–75; < New Latin < Portuguese capibara < Tupi]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.capybara - pig-sized tailless South American amphibious rodent with partly webbed feetcapybara - pig-sized tailless South American amphibious rodent with partly webbed feet; largest living rodent
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
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The most traded species reported in all regions are Cuniculus paca (Spotted Paca), Dasyprocta punctate (Picure), Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Capybara), Pecari tajacu (Collared Peccary), Dasypus novemcinctus (Nine-banded Armadillo), Cabassous centralis (Northern Naked-tailed Armadillo) and Dasypus kappleri (Greater Long-Nosed Armadillo).
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Valadas S, Gennari SM, Yai LE, Rosypal AC, Lindsay DS (2010) Prevalence of antibodies to Trypanosoma cruzi, Leishmania infantum, Encephalitozoon cuniculi, Sarcocystis neurona and Neospora caninum in Capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, from Sao Paulo State, Brazil.
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