AskDefine | Define agouti

Dictionary Definition

agouti n : agile long-legged rabbit-sized rodent of Central America and South America and the West Indies; valued as food [syn: Dasyprocta aguti] [also: agouties (pl)]

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From French agouti or Spanish aguti, from Tupi-Guarani akutí.




  1. A rodent similar in appearance to a guinea pig but having longer legs.


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Extensive Definition

Agouti refers to a number of species of rodents as well as a number of genes affecting coat coloration in several different animals.
  • When referring to a rodent, agouti can mean:
agouti in French: Agouti
agouti in Dutch: Agouti
agouti in Swedish: Agouti
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