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 (pä′kə, păk′ə)
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.]


(ˈpɑːkə; ˈpækə)
(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]


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paca - large burrowing rodent of South America and Central Americapaca - large burrowing rodent of South America and Central America; highly esteemed as food
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
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Cuniculus paca is widely distributed throughout the Neotropics and its delicious, tender meat is greatly enjoyed throughout its range (Perez 1992).
On 20 October 2006, we were informed that a paca was killed recently in Coatlimax, municipality of Tlanchinol, in northeastern Hidalgo (21[degrees]05'45"N, 098[degrees]40'07"W, 619 m; Fig.
PACA brought two of Nigeria's best names in literary studies, Prof Ben Obumselu and Prof Emeka Nwabueze from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, to speak on their own specialities before the visual artists took over.
Resulta que La Paca, insana y perdidamente enamorada de Carlos pero despechada por la indiferencia de este a sus requiebros, fracasados todos sus intentos para conseguir su amor, y ante el fracaso de sus mas poderosos filtros de atraccion, urdio los asesinatos tanto de Colosio como de Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu.
Even though Boehner's bill calls for repeal, he has left open the possibility of reforming PACA.
by Times News Service PACA said it has issued approval for Sharjah-based low cost airline, Air Arabia to fly directly from Sharjah to Sohar thrice a week.
Mohammed bin Nasser al-Za'abi, Chairman of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) said that PACA had evaluated the bids to get license to operate low-cost commercial flights.
Khalid Khan informed that PACA was launched in 2005 with just four members whereas today it has more than two hundred registered members, which includes highly educated Pakhtoons from different walks of life, including Salma Atta Ullah Jan, who was the first Pakhtoon woman Congressman of America.