PACA, n. A small animal of America, bearing some resemblance to a hare and a pig. It is a species of cavy; called also the spotted cavy.
A name sometimes applied to two species of rodent mammals, Celogenys subnigra and C. fulva, small animals, the one brown, the other fulvous, and both spotted with white, which inhabit South America, particularly Brazil and Paraguay. They are nearly allied to the Agouti, the Guinea-pig, &c.
- A small South American rodent
(Cœlogenys paca), having blackish brown fur, with four
parallel rows of white spots along its sides; the spotted cavy. It is
nearly allied to the agouti and the Guinea pig.