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Definition of capybara noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

capybara

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌkæpɪˈbɑːrə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkæpəˈberə//
 
(pl. capybara, capybaras) Wild mammals
 
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an animal like a very large rabbit with thick legs and small ears, which lives near water in S and Central America See related entries: Wild mammals Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Spanish capibara or Portuguese capivara, from Tupi-Guarani capiuára, from capĩ ‘grass’ + uára ‘eater’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: capybara