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

  • n. See coypu.
  • n. The light brown fur of the coypu.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Another name for the coypu.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fur of the coypu. See coypu.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The coypou, Myopotamus coypus. See Myopotamus, and cut under coypou.
  • n. The fur or pelt of the coypou, formerly much used like beaver. Sometimes, erroneously, neutria.

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


Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *nutria, variant of Latin lutra; see wed-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Variant of Spanish lutriaĀ ("otter"), from Latin lutra. (Wiktionary)


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