Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


also viz·ca·cha  (vĭ-skä′chə)
Any of several South American rodents of the genera Lagostomus and Lagidium, having large ears and a bushy tail, some species of which live in elaborate systems of burrows.

[Spanish vizcacha, from Quechua wisk'acha.]


(vɪsˈkætʃə) or


1. (Animals) a gregarious burrowing hystricomorph rodent, Lagostomus maximus, of southern South America, similar to but larger than the chinchillas: family Chinchillidae
2. (Animals) mountain viscacha the mountain chinchilla. See chinchilla3
[C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan wiskácha]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.viscacha - gregarious burrowing rodent larger than the chinchillasviscacha - gregarious burrowing rodent larger than the chinchillas
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
References in periodicals archive ?
Factors influencing population dynamics of the plains viscacha (Lagostomus maximus, Mammalia, Chinchillidae) in scrub habitat of central Argentina.
Female viscacha (Lagostamus maximus) (Weir, 1971) have double uterus and double cervix, as found in marsupials (Goncalves et al.
Respuesta a largo plazo del puma (Puma concolor) a una declinacion poblacional de la Viscacha (Lagostomus maximus) en el desierto del Monte, Argentina.
For instance, clicking on a viscacha - a member of the chinchilla family - begins a cartoon with talking animal characters.
All large rodents, including gopher, paca, marmot, beaver, sewellel, viscacha, and hutia.
A new species of Mountain Viscacha (Chinchillidae: Lagidium Meyen) from the Ecuadorean Andes.
The viscacha rat (Octomys mimax Thomas 1920, Rodentia, Octodontidae) is a rock-dwelling hystricognath rodent that selects crevices in rocky outcrops as resting and nesting places with high vegetation cover (Ebensperger et al.
A redescription of Dipetalonema finlayi (Mazza and Tiora, 1932) from a viscacha, Lagidium peruanum of Peru.
Five families were united in Octodontoidea, with Abrocomidae (chinchilla rats) sister to two family dyads: Octodontidae (degus and viscacha rats) + Ctenomyidae (tuco-tucos) and Echimyidae (spiny rats, tree rats, and the nutria) + Capromyidae (hutias).
Virgenes huasas de Andacollo, Pelequen, Las Rosas, Las Viscachas, Pena Blanca.
Tocroma, Sacroma, Tignamar, Timar, Esquina y los mojones senalados son: Caliente, Tambo de Choachoani, Guanacota, Viscachas, Chojnapueyo, Tambo de Catapaya, Guanovillque, Socoroma, Caillama, Upulla, Palca, donde hay una sepultura azul (Larama chullpa); lindan con el pueblo de Umagata, los mojones Pillay, Ulupatay, Rimar; lindan con el pueblo de Cotpa o Codpa, los mojones Guanacagua, Guancarani y Chucayapueyo; lindan con la jurisdiccion de Camina, los mojones Chayara, Villacollo, Vachiscota, Taritayantanca.