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Related to Spotted Paca: Cuniculus paca, Agouti paca, Gibnut, Tepezcuintle

pa·ca

 (pä′kə, păk′ə)
n.
Either of two nocturnal burrowing rodents of the genus Cuniculus of South and Central America, C. paca, found in lowland forested regions, or C. taczanowskii, found at higher elevations.

[Portuguese and American Spanish, both from Tupí páca.]

paca

(ˈpɑːkə; ˈpækə)
n
(Animals) a large burrowing hystricomorph rodent, Cuniculus paca, of Central and South America, having white-spotted brown fur and a large head: family Dasyproctidae
[C17: from Spanish, from Tupi]

pa•ca

(ˈpɑ kə, ˈpæk ə)

n., pl. -cas.
either of two large, white-spotted, almost tailless tropical American rodents of the genus Cuniculus.
[1650–60; < Sp or Portuguese < Tupi]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paca - large burrowing rodent of South America and Central Americapaca - large burrowing rodent of South America and Central America; highly esteemed as food
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
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The three-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus), jaguarundi (Herpailurus yagaroundi), squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciurus), capuchin monkey (Cebus robustus), collared anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla), spotted paca (Agouti paca), agouti (Dasyprocta azarae), scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) and the little blue heron (Egretta caerulea) are just some of the species found here.