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paca \pa"ca\ (Pg. p[aum]"k[.a]; E. p[=a]"k[.a]), n. [Pg., from the native name.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A large burrowing South American rodent ( Agouti paca syn. Cuniculus paca, formerly C[oe]logenys paca), having blackish brown fur, with four parallel rows of white spots along its sides; the spotted cavy. It is closely allied to the agouti and the Guinea pig and is highly esteemed as food.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Central and South American rodent, 1650s, from Spanish, from Tupi (Brazil) paca.


n. Any of the large rodents of the genus ''Cuniculus'' (but see also Cuniculus#Synonyms), native to Central America and South America, which have dark brown or black fur, a white or yellowish underbelly and rows of white spots along the sides.


n. large burrowing rodent of South America and Central America; highly esteemed as food [syn: Cuniculus paca]


PACA or Paca may refer to:

  • Paca, either of two large rodent species
  • Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of 1930 (United States)
  • Paca, a shortening of Spanish version of Francesca
  • William Paca, signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence
  • Paca Thomas, owner of a multimedia production company in the United States
  • Pača, a village in Slovakia
  • Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, a region of France
  • Paca, Tibet, a village
  • Paca District, Jauja, Peru
  • Pan American Christian Academy, a Christian school in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, a school on the south coast of England

Pača is a village and municipality in the Rožňava District in the Košice Region of middle-eastern Slovakia.

Usage examples of "paca".

Carl Barzon and Magir Paca were two leaders of the resistance movement on Garos IV.

And Paca was an old family friend, at least until his traitorous activities had been uncovered.

Zila, but Paca was convinced her presence there for the third time in two weeks could arouse suspicion.

Alex set down the headset, patted Wink on the back and headed across the room to talk with Magir Paca, one of the leaders of the resistance movement.

She sat up in the bed, trying to imagine what Paca would say if he knew what she was about to do.

As soon as he finished this report he could get out of here and have dinner before checking in with Paca in the underground ops center.

The weaver was a four-foot-tall paca, built like a pear and clad in a simple tunic.

Ulvas, Casqui and Paca began loading the wagon with the things that stood stacked all about in the center of the plaza.

When a paca, a spotted rodent, trotted out of the deepening shadows of the trees and made a beeline for the overgrown gardens, Will looked back to the fire ring.

Arriving at a place called Paca in the said valley, the Inca went out against his brother Urco, and there was a battle between them.

To pad through the undergrowth and nose at dripping fronds, to smell the muddy fur of a paca running for home and know its little heart is beat beat beating, to almost hear the trees pushing their roots farther into the rich mud.

The movement came again, and he relaxed as he made out the spots and stripes of a paca, a rodent somewhat bigger than a rabbit.

But that fool Hitler had almost destroyed any hope of the revival of a Mactep Paca, a Meister Rasse.

She shook her head to clear the vision, then glanced quickly from Paca to her chrono trying to hide the flood of emotions that overcame her.

When he entered the main ops center, Dair found Paca embracing a tearful Alex.