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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.]
(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]