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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large aquatic South American rodent (Myocastor coypus) having webbed feet and a long tail. Also called nutria.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large, crepuscular, semiaquatic rodent (Myocastor coypus) resembling a large rat, having bright orange-yellow incisors, native to South America, Europe, Asia and North America, valued for its fur in eastern Europe and central Asia and considered a pest elsewhere.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A South American rodent (Myopotamus coypus), allied to the beaver. It produces a valuable fur called nutria.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. aquatic South American rodent resembling a small beaver; bred for its fur

Etymologies

American Spanish coipú, from Araucanian kóypu.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish coipú, from Mapudungun koypu. (Wiktionary)

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