Definition of pichi in US English:


nounPlural pichis

  • A small armadillo living in open pampas country in southern South America.

    Zaedyus pichiy, family Dasypodidae

    • ‘When they find a dwarf armadillo - known locally as a ‘pichi’ - they begin to feel they are finally on the right track.’
    • ‘A pichi, a small hairy armadillo, digs into a riverbank in search of worms.’
    • ‘While one was adamant that it was a Philippine tarsier, a small nocturnal creature of limited habitat, another thought it a pichi, or dwarf armadillo from the Patagonian region of Argentina.’


Early 19th century: via American Spanish from Araucanian, literally ‘small’.