One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A burrowing rodent of the cavy family, having long hindlimbs and greyish fur, native to South America.
Genus Dolichotis, family Caviidae: two species
- ‘There are wallabies, meerkats, flamingoes, maras and tamarin monkeys in both zoos.’
- ‘The two foxes have killed a peacock, a penguin and three maras.’
- ‘It includes two subfamilies: the Caviinae, the cavies and the familiar guinea pigs; and the Dolichotinae, the Patagonian hares or maras.’
Mid 19th century: from American Spanish mará.
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