One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slow-moving South American cavy-like rodent that has coarse dark hair with white stripes along the back, and a short furry tail.
- ‘Eight other species, including pacas, pacaranas, spiny rats and porcupines, also steal Brazil nuts stored by agoutis.’
- ‘The feet seem to be adapted to digging, but pacaranas are not known as diggers.’
From Tupi, literally ‘false paca’.
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