(Portuguese), from the native name.
(Zoölogy) A small South American rodent (Cologenys paca), having blackish brown fur, with four parallel rows of white spots along its sides; the spotted cavy. It is nearly allied to the agouti and the Guinea pig.
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Via Spanish and Portuguese, from Guaraní paka.
(rodent): boruga f (Colombian Amazonia) conejo pintado m (Panama) guagua f (Colombia) guanta m (Ecuador) guartinaja m (Northwestern Colombia) jochi pintado m (Bolivia) lapa f (Venezuela, Colombian Llanos) majaz m (Peru) tepezcuintle m or tepezcuinte m (Mexico, Central America) tinajo m (Northeastern Colombia)
paca (plural pacas) Any of the large rodents of the genus Cuniculus (but see also Cuniculus#Synonyms), native to Central America and South America, which have dark brown or black fur, a white or yellowish underbelly and rows of white spots along the sides.
pāca (transitive) to wash
Adjective paca (plural pacaj, accusative singular pacan, accusative plural pacajn) peaceful, not at war or disturbed by strife or turmoil peaceful, motionless and calm
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