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1. The wildtype hair color banding found in mammals; including some felidae; hairs are lighter or gray at the base and tipped with dark or blak pigment. Multiple banding on a hair may occur.
See also: Dasyprocta.
2. A tropic rodent.
See: Dasyprocta.
[Fr., native Indian]


Molecular biology A gene expressed during the hair-growth cycle in the neonatal skin of mice, in which it is a paracrine regulator of pigmentation. The secreted agouti protein antagonises binding of alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone to its receptor (melanocortin 1 receptor) on the surface of hair bulb melanocytes, altering intracellular cAMP levels. Because of its role in regulating coat colour, agouti has served as a model of gene action and interaction.
Zoology A popular term for any of the guinea pig-like rodents of the genus Dasyprocta, which are native to the Western Hemisphere.


a fur coloration in which there are alternating light and dark bands of colour on the individual hairs, giving a speckled brownish appearance. Such a fur coloration is found in mammals such as rabbits, rats and mice.


1. speedy, stout-bodied, nocturnal, South American rodent that bounds like a hare. Called also Dasyprocta aguti.
2. a pattern of pigmentation in which individual hairs have several bands of light and dark pigment with black tips. Seen in hares, Abyssinian cats, guinea pigs, and the agouti, after which it is named.
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