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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
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Bad as the country was, ostriches, deer, agoutis, and armadilloes, were abundant.
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.
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.
WE'VE welcomed a new species to DZG as five Azara's agoutis settle into their new home.
Thus, the aim of this study was to describe the changes in the levels of progesterone during pregnancy, and report the restart of ovarian cyclicity postpartum in agoutis.
For example, seed dispersal by agoutis (Dasyprocta sp.
Silvius and Fragoso (2003) captured agoutis Dasyprocta leporina on Maraca Island in the Brazilian Amazon with the aid of hunting dogs trained by local residents, and they noted that this method was the only one to be efficient enough to locate a large number of animals.
These cats feast on a variety of creatures, including peccaries, capybaras, pacas, agoutis, deer, opossum, rabbits, armadillos, caimans, and even green sea turtles, for which they rely on their powerful jaws to crack through turtles' skulls and shells.
A majority of the hard-shelled cocos that are broken open are penetrated by agoutis, releasing the seeds and allowing for natural regeneration.
Dogs are mainly utilised to locate land birds like the tinamous (Tinamus and Crypturellus) and crested agoutis and pacas in their burrows and hollows.
From the camera traps, we detected an additional nine species of medium and large mammals within coffee farms, including agoutis, possums, deer, raccoons, fox, coatis and armadillos.