viscacha

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n viscacha gregarious burrowing rodent larger than the chinchillas
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Viscacha (Zoöl) A large burrowing South American rodent (Lagostomus trichodactylus) allied to the chinchillas, but much larger. Its fur is soft and rather long, mottled gray above, white or yellowish white beneath. There is a white band across the muzzle, and a dark band on each cheek. It inhabits grassy plains, and is noted for its extensive burrows and for heaping up miscellaneous articles at the mouth of its burrows. Called also biscacha bizcacha vischacha vishatscha.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n viscacha A South American rodent mammal, of the family Chinchillidæ and genus Lagostomus, L. trichdactylus, inhabiting the pampas, and playing there the same part in the fauna that is taken in North America by the prairie-dogs and other spermophiles. It is of stout form, and about 2 feet long; the colors are varied, especially on the face, giving a harlequin visage. Its burrows are so numerous as to constitute a danger to travel, especially at night, the holes being so deep that a horse is almost certain to fall if he steps in one. The skins are valued for their fur
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Viscacha vis-kach′a a South American rodent of the Chinchilla family, inhabiting the South American Pampas, of stout form and about twenty inches in length, a gregarious burrower and nocturnal in habits—also Bizcacha
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp.; prob. of Peruv. origin.

Usage

In literature:

Viscachas were common amongst the gray lichen-covered rocks.
"Inca Land" by Hiram Bingham
These are the Chinchillas and Viscachas.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
The fur of the viscacha is not so pretty, being of a brownish and white mixture.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
The fur of the viscacha is not so pretty, being of a brownish and white mixture.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The viscachas and chinchillas resemble the rabbit in form and color, but they have shorter ears and long rough tails.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
The Alpine Viscacha and the Viscacha of the Pampas, are included in the same family.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
Like our prairie-dogs, the viscachas are very sociable, and little paths, the result of neighborly calls, lead from one village to another.
"The Adventures of a Grain of Dust" by Hallam Hawksworth
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