Definition of degu in English:

degu

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 South American Indian deuñ.

Pronunciation:

degu

/ˈdāɡo͞o/