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a South American tailless rodent, Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, living along the banks of rivers and lakes, having partly webbed feet: the largest living rodent.
Contemporary Examples

Venezuela: The country to the south takes us in a pretty weird direction by offering the capybara.
Which Country Should Snowden Live In? Sarah Hedgecock July 6, 2013

Historical Examples

When this was done, we were greatly tempted to light a fire and roast our capybara, but prudence prevailed.
The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston

The creature made little or no resistance; and having dragged it up to the fire, we saw that it was a capybara, or water-hog.
The Young Llanero W.H.G. Kingston

A few minutes later, the limp, dead body of the capybara, the largest of all aquatic rodents floated to the surface.
The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville

The largest form of rodent is the capybara (or river-hog of the Rio de la Plata),—which is preyed on by the jaguar.
The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, September 1879 Various

An instant later the capybara, dragged to the bank, was killed by a blow from Neb’s stick.
The Mysterious Island Jules Verne

The remains of the capybara and some dozens of the stone-pine almonds formed their supper.
The Mysterious Island Jules Verne

As it was important to secure a good supply of food, the capybara was forthwith cut up, and some of its flesh roasted.
The Young Llanero W.H.G. Kingston

The capybara—the water-pig which is no pig—is a rudimentary sort of structure.
The Strand Magazine, Volume VII, Issue 42, June, 1894 Various

The capybara (Hydrochoerus capybara) is also numerous in this region.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5 Various

the largest rodent: a pig-sized amphibious hystricomorph, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, resembling a guinea pig and inhabiting river banks in Central and South America: family Hydrochoeridae

South American rodent, 1774, from some Tupi (Brazilian) native name.


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