Definition of pacarana in English:

pacarana

noun

  • A slow-moving South American cavy-like rodent that has coarse dark hair with white stripes along the back, and a short furry tail.

    Dinomys branickii, the only member of the family Dinomyidae

    • ‘The feet seem to be adapted to digging, but pacaranas are not known as diggers.’
    • ‘Eight other species, including pacas, pacaranas, spiny rats and porcupines, also steal Brazil nuts stored by agoutis.’

Origin

From Tupi, literally ‘false paca’.

Pronunciation

pacarana

/ˌpakəˈrɑːnə/