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

  • n. A small South American carnivore (Eira barbata) closely related to the marten, having a broad head, slender body, and short dense fur.

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  • n. A South American carnivore, Eira barbara, allied to the grison, with a long thick tail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A South American carnivore (Galera barbara) allied to the grison. The tail is long and thick. The length, including the tail, is about three feet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See taira.

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  • n. long-tailed arboreal mustelid of Central America and South America


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

Portuguese or Spanish taira.


  • They've recorded a clever form of weasel called a tayra and lots of crazy rodents like the agouti and the mountain paca.

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  • Other mammals include Central American tapir Tapirus bardii (V), Caribbean manatee Trichechus manatus (V), spider monkey Ateles geoffroyi (V), howler monkey Alouatta villosa, kinkajou Potos flavus, white-tailed deer Odocoileus virginianus, red brocket Mazama americana, peccaries Tayassu pecari and T. tajacu, paca Agouti paca, tayra Eira barbara and collared anteater Tamandua tetradactyla.

    Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico

  • Among them was a tayra weasel, whitish above and black below, as big and blood-thirsty as a fisher-martin; and a tiny opossum no bigger than a mouse.

    IV. The Headwaters of the Paraguay

  • I shoe store online plaguey decreed for the corruptible tayra to cotoneaster the freudian dacryon and, in iceboat, win pilotfish and marylander.

    Rational Review

  • Although according to CONABIO black-handed spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi), tayra (Eira barbara), greater grisón (Galictis vittata), ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), nutria (Lutra longicaudis), jaguar (Panthera onca), puma (Puma concolor) and Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) do live in this ecoregion.

    Tehuantepec-El Manchon mangroves

  • Among some of the endangered mammals found in this ecoregion are the jaguar (Panthera onca), puma (Felis concolor), ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), tapir (Tapirus bairdii), greater grison (Galictis vittata), tayra (Eira barbara), Central American spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi), and mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata).

    Central American pine-oak forests


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  • A small South American carnivore closely related to the marten.

    June 8, 2007