tuco-tuco

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English[edit]

A tuco-tuco
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Etymology[edit]

Onomatopoeic.

Noun[edit]

tuco-tuco (plural tuco-tucos)

  1. Any of the caviomorph rodents of the genus Ctenomys (the sole extant genus of family Ctenomyidae), which have a large head, small ears, and hairy tail.
    • 2002, International Wildlife Encyclopedia, Volume 20: Tree squirrel - water spider, 3rd Edition, page 2772,
      Tuco-tucos groom themselves to remove loose sand from their fur by combing with the stiff bristles that grow near the bases of the hind claws.
    • 2010, Joseph F. Merritt, The Biology of Small Mammals[1], page 76:
      The eyes of tuco-tucos are almost level with the top of the head, which is adaptive for surveying the horizon from their shelter without exposing themselves to predators.
    • 2011, Erin McCloskey, Argentina[2], page 56:
      The tuco-tuco is a vegetarian rodent very similar in appearance and behaviour to the ground squirrel.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (any species of family Ctenomyidae): ctenomyid

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Noun[edit]

tuco-tuco m (plural tuco-tucos)

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