Definition of Hystricomorpha in English:

Hystricomorpha

plural noun

Zoology
  • A major division of the rodents which includes the guinea pigs, coypu, porcupines and their relatives. They occur chiefly in South America.

    rodent
    • ‘The Old World members of this group are sometimes placed in a separate group called the porcupine-like rodents (Hystricomorpha).’
    • ‘The Guinea Pig, Cavia porcellus, is a mammal of the order Rodentia, sub-order Hystricomorpha and family Caviidae.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Latin hystrix, hystric- porcupine (from Greek hustrix) + morphē form.

Pronunciation:

Hystricomorpha

/ˌhɪstrɪkə(ʊ)ˈmɔːfə/