from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several gregarious, burrowing South American rodents of the genera Lagostomus and Lagidium, related to and resembling the chinchilla.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rodent native to the Andes Mountains of South America, in the chinchilla family Chinchillidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large burrowing South American rodent (Lagostomus trichodactylus) allied to the chinchillas, but much larger. Its fur is soft and rather long, mottled gray above, white or yellowish white beneath. There is a white band across the muzzle, and a dark band on each cheek. It inhabits grassy plains, and is noted for its extensive burrows and for heaping up miscellaneous articles at the mouth of its burrows. Called also biscacha, bizcacha, vischacha, vishatscha.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A South American rodent mammal, of the family Chinchillidæ and genus Lagostomus, L. trichdactylus, inhabiting the pampas, and playing there the same part in the fauna that is taken in North America by the prairie-dogs and other spermophiles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. gregarious burrowing rodent larger than the chinchillas
"Then there is the taruco, a kind of deer, the viscacha, which is a big rat, the otoc, a sort of wild dog, or fox, and the ucumari, a black bear with a white nose.
Mountain viscacha Lagidium wolffsohni probably lives in some sectors of the park, but its presence remains to be confirmed.
Several animal species are regarded as being of special value because they are either endemic, nationally threatened or culturally valuable, including Andean condor Vultur gryphus, chestnut canastero Thripophaga steinbachi, sandy gallito Teledroma fuscus, puma Felis concolor, guanaco Lama guanicoe, mara Dolychotus patagonum and viscacha Lagidium viscacia.
Animal and human motifs abound, especially snakes, foxes, felines, eagles and the viscacha a large rodent, cousin to the chinchilla.
The red viscacha rat (Tympanoctomys barrerae) and the pichiciego (Chlamyphorus truncatus) are mammals endemic to this biome; they are also listed as vulnerable according to IUCN categories.
Oct. 9th, 2007 at 2:03 PM matt_ruff presents the viscacha, a herbivore in the chinchilla family, indigenous to the Andes.
Largest mammalian genome size: 8.40pg, Tympanoctomys barrerae, Red viscacha rat
The viscacha makes his home, like the rabbit, by burrowing in the ground, where he remains during daylight.
The lady reader will be shocked to learn that the head of the viscacha family, probably copying a bad example from the ostrich, his neighbor, is also very unamiable with his "better half," and inhabits bachelor's quarters, which he keeps all to himself, away from his family.
With regard to the viscacha it is very interesting to note that these highly-sociable little animals not only live peaceably together in each village, but that whole villages visit each other at nights.