Definition of degu in English:

degu

noun

  • A ratlike rodent with a long silky coat, found in southern South America.

    Genus Octodon, family Octodontidae: three species

    • ‘More recently they have featured in the paper appealing for homes for animals ranging from an iguana to 48 degus - small brown rodents that look like a cross between a rat and a gerbil.’
    • ‘To answer this question, scientists in Chile and Germany have been studying the color vision capabilities and environment of the South American degu, a relative of the guinea pig.’
    • ‘The animals are looked after by a network of volunteer fosterers across Swindon, and currently include rabbits, dogs, cats and degus a type of rat-like rodent.’
    • ‘Now the eight chipmunks and the two degus - a South American long tailed rodent that looks like a gerbil but is as big as a guinea pig - are being cared for by the RSPCA.’
    • ‘It was wisest to walk through the village on foot, for the zootlehoppers, like the degus and other animals of the town, would refuse to approach Savadini's cottage.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from American Spanish, from deuñ in an indigenous South American language.

Pronunciation

degu

/ˈdeɪɡuː/