• WordNet 3.6
    • n agouti agile long-legged rabbit-sized rodent of Central America and South America and the West Indies; valued as food
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Agouti A rodent of the genus Dasyprocta, about the size of a rabbit, peculiar to South America and the West Indies. The most common species is the Dasyprocta agouti.
    • Agouti the color of the agouti{1}, a grayish-brown of grizzled texture; -- used especially to describe the color of the fur of a strain of mice. Also used attributively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n agouti The American name of several species of rodent mammals of the genus Dasyprocta and family Dasyproctidæ. The common agouti, or yellow-rumped cavy, D. agouti, is of the size of a rabbit. The upper part of the body is brownish, with a mixture of red and black; the belly yellowish. Three varieties are mentioned, all peculiar to South America and the West Indies. It burrows in the ground or in hollow trees, lives on vegetables, doing much injury to the sugar-cane, is as voracious as a pig, and makes a similar grunting noise. It holds its food in its fore paws, like a squirrel. When scared or angry its hair becomes erect, and it strikes the ground with its hind feet. Its flesh is white and of agreeable taste, and the animal is pursued as game in Brazil. Also spelled aguti and agouty. See acouchy and Dasyprocta.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Agouti a-gōō′ti a small South American rodent allied to the guinea-pig.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. agouti, acouti, Sp. aguti, fr. native name
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Native word.


In literature:

Game of all sorts in consequence abounded at the Chimneys, capybaras, pigeons, agouties, grouse, etc.
"The Mysterious Island" by Jules Verne
An agouti and a cabiai, not to mention a dozen partridges, enriched the larder after this fortunate excursion.
"Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon" by Jules Verne
Bad as the country was, ostriches, deers, agoutis, and armadilloes, were abundant.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
Armed with a stick, he had chased the agoutis; for want of agoutis, he had eaten rats.
"The Solitary of Juan Fernandez, or The Real Robinson Crusoe" by Joseph Xavier Saintine
It includes the tapir, the agouti, the guinea-pig, and the peccari.
"Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development" by Francis Galton
I then inquired where he had met with the agouti.
"The Swiss Family Robinson; or Adventures in a Desert Island" by Johann David Wyss
The other enemies of the cacao are the agouti, stag, squirrel, monkey, &c. The agouti produces most havoc.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
In contrast to the actions of the agoutis and armadillos was the behavior of the ocelots.
"The Black Phantom" by Leo Edward Miller
The larger agouti, or mara, is sometimes classed between the agoutis and the pacas.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The agoutis bore a considerable resemblance to the pacas.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
Agouti, page 116, with a picture on page 116.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
These were pacas, agoutis and capivaras.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
But in other cases the cross between albino and agouti gave a different result.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
AGOUTI, fertility of, in captivity, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
I saw an agouti run by a little while ago.
"Doubloons--and the Girl" by John Maxwell Forbes
Several pigs, agoutis, kangaroos, and other rodents were seen, also two or three kaolas, at which Pencroft longed to have a shot.
"Abandoned" by Jules Verne
In fact," he continued, looking at Fritz, "your sucking-pig is an agouti.
"The Swiss Family Robinson" by Jean Rudolph Wyss
As hinting of the presence of wild animals, a bunch of rufous hairs had in some way been tweaked from a passing agouti.
"Jungle Peace" by William Beebe
The Cavies and the Agouti of America are classified with this family.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
The agouti is the largest wild mammal.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7" by Various

In news:

Rodents , such as rabbit-size agoutis, carry away seeds and bury them, creating caches of stored food.
So they kind-of get ignored here and there to the flashier agouties and anteaters that we have in the same exhibit.