Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A burrowing rodent of the genus Dasyprocta, native to tropical America and usually having brown fur streaked with gray.
  • n. The alternation of light and dark bands of color in the fur of various animals, producing a grizzled appearance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rodent similar in appearance to a guinea pig but having longer legs.
  • n. A fur containing a pattern of pigmentation in which individual hairs have several bands of light and dark pigment with black tips; any of several genes responsible for this pigmentation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rodent of the genus Dasyprocta, about the size of a rabbit, peculiar to South America and the West Indies. The most common species is the Dasyprocta agouti.
  • n. the color of the agouti{1}, a grayish-brown of grizzled texture; -- used especially to describe the color of the fur of a strain of mice. Also used attributively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The American name of several species of rodent mammals of the genus Dasyprocta and family Dasyproctidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. agile long-legged rabbit-sized rodent of Central America and South America and the West Indies; valued as food

Etymologies

French, from American Spanish agutí, from Guarani acutí.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French agouti or Spanish aguti, from Tupian akutí. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now the agouti is a very large rodent from Central and South America.

    CNN Transcript Jun 1, 2007

  • The agouti is a little animal resembling a rabbit.

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  • Up to this point, the best way to study epigenetic effects has been a strain of mice known as agouti viable yellow.

    Scientific American

  • Mammalian introductions have occurred periodically in this region and include species such as agouti (Dasyprocta agouti), fallow deer (Dama dama) to provide game, the indian mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus) and the inadvertent importation of rats (Rattus rattus, R. norvegicus).

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  • More common are species such as agouti (Dasyprocta agouti), fallow deer (Dama dama) to provide game, the indian mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus) and the inadvertent importation of the black or roof rat and the brown or Norway rat (Rattus rattus, R. norvegicus).

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  • Do you know of the nutritional value of certain rodent/varmint nutria, agouti, and guinea pig make marvelous Easter brunch …

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  • Darwin provides examples such as the rhea and ostrich, agouti and rabbit, coypu and beaver, capybara and muskrat.

    Convergence

  • The researchers started out with two groups of agouti mice, a strain of mice with yellow fur, fat bodies, and a predisposition to diabetes and cancer.

    Origins

  • But now we know that agouti mice have the appearance and physiology they do because a certain gene, the agouti gene, is being continuously expressed.

    Origins

  • In these mice, the agouti gene has been activated, and so, Jirtle thought, perhaps it could be deactivated.

    Origins

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  • a.k.a. long-nosed cavy.

    August 26, 2008

  • a grizzled color of fur resulting from the barring of each hair in several alternate dark and light bands, typically seen in small animals such a rodents

    January 25, 2008