hystricomorph


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hystricomorph

(hɪˈstraɪkəʊˌmɔːf)
n
(Animals) any rodent of the suborder Hystricomorpha, which includes porcupines, cavies, agoutis, and chinchillas
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Hystricomorpha
[C19: from Latin hystrix porcupine, from Greek hustrix]
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Nutria (Myocastor coypus) are large hystricomorph South American rodents adapted to semi-aquatic environments (Gosling 1981).
A group of rodents called sciuromorphs, which includes the squirrel, began to specialise in gnawing adaptations, and the hystricomorphs, including the guinea pig, chose chewing.