Definition of nutria
1 : the durable usually light brown fur of a nutria
2 : a large South American semiaquatic rodent (Myocastor coypus) with webbed hind feet and a round nearly hairless tail that has been introduced into parts of Europe, Asia, and North America
Origin of nutria
American Spanish, from Spanish, otter, modification of Latin lutra; probably akin to Old English oter otter
First Known Use: 1820
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