Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n agouta An insectivorous mammal peculiar to Hayti, the type-member of the genus Solenodon and of the family Solenodontidæ. It is so puzzling to naturalists that it has received the name of S. paradoxus. It has the fur, ears, and tail of the opossum, but the teeth and elongated nose of the shrew. Its feet terminate in five toes, and the long claws are curved and evidently adapted for scraping in the earth. The dentition is unique, the grooving of the second incisor of the lower jaw distinguishing this genus from all others whose dental system is known. It is of the size of a rat, and not unlike one in general appearance. See almiqui and Solenodon.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
- n Agouta a-gōō′ta a rat-like animal of Hayti.