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n. pl. a·go·tis or a·gou·ti
1. Any of several burrowing rodents of the genus Dasyprocta, native to tropical America and having a grizzled dark brown to orange coat.
2. A grizzled coat type in various animals that is produced by alternate bands of light and dark color on each hair shaft.

[French, from American Spanish agutí, from Guaraní acutí.]






n, pl -tis or -ties
1. (Animals) any hystricomorph rodent of the genus Dasyprocta, of Central and South America and the Caribbean: family Dasyproctidae. Agoutis are agile and long-legged, with hooflike claws, and are valued for their meat
2. (Zoology) a pattern of fur in certain rodents, characterized by irregular stripes
[C18: via French and Spanish from Guarani]


(əˈgu ti)

n., pl. -tis, -ties.
1. any of several short-eared, rabbitlike New World rodents of the genus Dasyprocta, common from Mexico to Peru.
2. an irregularly barred pattern of the fur of certain rodents.
[1725–35; < French < Sp agutí < Tupi agutí]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.agouti - agile long-legged rabbit-sized rodent of Central America and South America and the West Indiesagouti - agile long-legged rabbit-sized rodent of Central America and South America and the West Indies; valued as food
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
Dasyprocta, genus Dasyprocta - type genus of the Dasyproctidae: agoutis
References in classic literature ?
Occasionally a deer, or a Guanaco (wild Llama) may be seen; but the Agouti (Cavia Patagonica) is the commonest quadruped.
It is a singular fact, that although the Agouti is not now found as far south as Port St.
Bad as the country was, ostriches, deer, agoutis, and armadilloes, were abundant.
On these same plains of La Plata, we see the agouti and bizcacha, animals having nearly the same habits as our hares and rabbits and belonging to the same order of Rodents, but they plainly display an American type of structure.
Primers were set to amplify these three agouti exons, as well as parts of the intronic flanking regions to identify the mutations of ASIP.
vy] farelerle yapilan calismada, hamilelik doneminde folat gibi metil donorlerinin eksikliginde agouti lokusunun hipometile oldugu ve yavrularda obezite prevalansinin ve kanser riskinin arttigi gosterilmistir (32).
The gestation period in agouti is about three and a half months, giving birth to two precocial young (Brown, 1936; Roth-Kolar, 1957; Nieuwendijk, 1980; Sousa et al.
ignitus on the basis of their medium size, the agouti dorsum, white venter, and moderately fluffy tail similarly colored to the dorsum and with hairs with tan tips.
As important as the agouti is to regeneration, humans are also central to the ecology of Brazil nuts.
Turtles hide away in their shells or pant in the heat, while deer and agouti are everywhere, all within touching distance.