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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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