coy·​pu ˈkȯi-(ˌ)pü How to pronounce coypu (audio)
: nutria

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The nutria, or coypu (Myocastor coypus), is a semi-aquatic rodent native to South America. Marisa Sloan, Discover Magazine, 15 Oct. 2021 In addition to the incredible seagull population, Rome sees wild boars and coypu, a South American rodent, roaming their streets and sewers. Fox News, 3 May 2020

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Word History


American Spanish coipú, from Mapuche coipu

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coypu was in 1793

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Cite this Entry

“Coypu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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coy·​pu ˈkȯi-(ˌ)pü How to pronounce coypu (audio)
: nutria

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