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any of several short-haired, short-eared, rabbitlike rodents of the genus Dasyprocta, of South and Central America and the West Indies, destructive to sugar cane.
an irregularly barred pattern of the fur of certain rodents.
an animal having fur of this pattern.
Historical Examples

Marcgrave, and almost all naturalists after him, have said that the agouti has six toes on the hind-feet.
Buffon’s Natural History. Volume VI (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

I, too, know the agouti by descriptions and pictures, and there is little doubt that this is a specimen.
Sea Stories Various

The Cavies and the agouti of America are classified with this family.
Natural History in Anecdote Various

It differs from the agouti by having a tail, which the latter has not.
Buffon’s Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

At first thought, Manuel was going to shoot the agouti, but he quickly thinks better of it.
Our Little Porto Rican Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade

It includes the tapir, the agouti, the guinea-pig, and the peccari.
Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development Francis Galton

As the mouse and the rat attack the gathered fruits of the earth, the agouti preys on those yet standing in the field.
Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests J. J. von Tschudi

The material is probably the dung of the Capincha, an animal allied to the guinea-pig and the agouti.
Insect Architecture James Rennie

In the agouti (Dasyprocta) the convergence of the neural spines to a centre of motion is very strongly marked.
The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds

An agouti and a cabiai, not to mention a dozen partridges, enriched the larder after this fortunate excursion.
Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon Jules Verne

noun (pl) -tis, -ties
any hystricomorph rodent of the genus Dasyprocta, of Central and South America and the Caribbean: family Dasyproctidae. Agoutis are agile and long-legged, with hooflike claws, and are valued for their meat
a pattern of fur in certain rodents, characterized by irregular stripes


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