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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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This is consistent with the identification of class 10 by local people as suitable areas for hunting black agouties, as this species is mainly found in mature deciduous and montane forests (Emmons, 1997).
Fruits with a fibrous mesocarp and an endosperm protected by a thick and hard endocarp, like those of Attalea and Astrocaryum, or with a very hard endosperm as in Aphandra, are important food resources for rodents, agouties and pacas (Forget, 1991, 1997; Beck & Terborgh, 2002; Silvius & Fragoso, 2003; Boll et al.