Meaning of pacarana in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpakəˈrɑːnə/


  • A slow-moving South American rodent with a sturdy body, having coarse dark hair with white stripes along the back and a short furry tail.

    Dinomys branickii, the only member of the family Dinomyidae

    ‘Eight other species, including pacas, pacaranas, spiny rats and porcupines, also steal Brazil nuts stored by agoutis.’
    • ‘The feet seem to be adapted to digging, but pacaranas are not known as diggers.’


From Tupi, literally ‘false paca’.