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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.]
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(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]
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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
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References in periodicals archive ?
Weir, "The reproductive physiology of the plains viscacha, Lagostomus maximus," Journal of Reproduction and Fertility, vol.
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., 2009).
A morphological, morphometric and histochemical study of the oviduct in pregnant and non-pregnant females of the plains viscacha (Lagostomus maximus).
The second component (stratigraphic levels 3 to 6) presents a variety of resources, including fox (Lycalopex sp.), armadillo (Dasypodidae), viscacha (Chinchillidae), weasels (Mustelidae), ostrich egg shells, and camelids (Lama sp.; Lama glama and Lama vicuna).
Respuesta a largo plazo del puma (Puma concolor) a una declinacion poblacional de la Viscacha (Lagostomus maximus) en el desierto del Monte, Argentina.
All large rodents, including gopher, paca, marmot, beaver, sewellel, viscacha, and hutia.
The viscacha (Lagostomus maximus maximus), the largest member of the Chinchillidae family, inhabits the southern hemisphere from Paraguay through central Argentina [24].
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., 2008; Traba et al., 2010; Campos, 2012; Campos and Giannoni, 2013).
Existen alrededor de 500 especies de mamiferos, de las cuales 161 corresponden al Orden Rodentia, dentro de estos, la especie endemica Lagidium peruanum Meyen (Chinchillidae) "viscacha" vive en lugares pedregosos o rocosos, aproximadamente desde cerca del nivel del mar hasta los 4,500 metros de altura y es objeto de caza para la alimentacion, por su piel y como trofeo de caza o para elaborar productos de artesania.