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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.]
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(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]
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(ˌkæp əˈbɑr ə)

n., pl. -ras.
a large South American aquatic rodent, Hydrochoerus capybara.
[1765–75; < New Latin < Portuguese capibara < Tupi]
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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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[4] The largest gnawing animal in the world, the Hydrochaerus capybara
We ascend the lofty peaks of the Cordillera and we find an alpine species of bizcacha; we look to the waters, and we do not find the beaver or musk-rat, but the coypu and capybara, rodents of the American type.
Curator Matt Lewis said: "They don't look like babies - just mini capybaras, but there are very cute.
The region is well known as nursery and foraging habitats for a large number of species, some of them present in an enormous number of individuals, such as waterfowl, caimans, capybaras and many others.
Vigilance, group size and social status in capybaras. Animal Behaviour 48:1301-1307.
Harvest mice were lively but porcupines were a disappointment, as were the capybaras, "the largest rodent in the world" (and you thought that was David Mellor).
Capybaras are often referred to as giant guinea pigs and can grow to up to 1.5m (4.9ft) in length - roughly the size of Kylie Minogue!
Capybaras, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1758), large (50 kg), grazing rodents, are common in the savannahs and wetlands of tropical and subtropical South America (Ojasti, 1973), where they live in stable social groups composed of both males and females, with an average of 3-4 male and 6-7 female adults per group (Herrera & Macdonald, 1987; Herrera, Salas, Congdon, Corriale, & Tang-Martinez, 2011).
Among their topics are the role of family farms in environmental conservation in agricultural landscapes, changes in species and the genetic diversity of crops, capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris in anthropogenic environments; challenges and conflicts, howler monkeys in an urban Brazilian forest: ecology and daily feeding patterns, and wildlife and landscape geometry in silviculture landscapes.
The disease caused by this protozoan affects various domestic and wild mammals, like equines, bovines, buffaloes, dogs, rabbits, armadillo, coati and capybaras (SILVA et al., 2002; HERRERA et al., 2004).