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



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 Originearly 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