(Ca`py*ba"ra) n. [Sp. capibara, fr. the native name.] (Zoöl.) A large South American rodent
(Hydrochærus capybara) Living on the margins of lakes and rivers. It is the largest extant rodent, being
about three feet long, and half that in height. It somewhat resembles the Guinea pig, to which it is related;
called also cabiai and water hog.
(Car) n. [OF. car, char, F. cahr, fr. L. carrus, Wagon: a Celtic word; cf. W. car, Armor. karr, Ir.
& Gael. carr. cf. Chariot.]
1. A small vehicle moved on wheels; usually, one having but two wheels and drawn by one horse; a cart.
2. A vehicle adapted to the rails of a railroad. [U. S.]
In England a railroad passenger car is called a railway carriage; a freight car a goods wagon; a platform
car a goods truck; a baggage car a van. But styles of car introduced into England from America are
called cars; as, tram car. Pullman car. See Train.
3. A chariot of war or of triumph; a vehicle of splendor, dignity, or solemnity. [Poetic].
The gilded car of day.
The towering car, the sable steeds.
4. (Astron.) The stars also called Charles's Wain, the Great Bear, or the Dipper.
The Pleiads, Hyads, and the Northern Car.
5. The cage of a lift or elevator.
6. The basket, box, or cage suspended from a balloon to contain passengers, ballast, etc.
7. A floating perforated box for living fish. [U. S.]
Car coupling, or Car coupler, a shackle or other device for connecting the cars in a railway train.
[U. S.] Dummy car (Railroad), a car containing its own steam power or locomotive. Freight