- The largest living rodent (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), native to South America, living partly on land and partly in water.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Ca`py*ba"ra (?), n. [Sp.
capibara, fr. the native name.] (Zoöl.) A
large South American rodent (Hydrochærus capybara)
Living on the margins of lakes and rivers. It is the largest
extant rodent, being about three feet long, and half that in
height. It somewhat resembles the Guinea pig, to which it is
related; -- called also cabiai and water
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Capyba`ra, the water-hog, the largest rodent extant, in appearance
like a small pig.
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