hutia

noun
hu·​tia
variants: or less commonly jutia \ (h)üˈtēə \
plural -s

Definition of hutia

: any of several large edible hystricomorph rodents that constitute two West Indian genera (Capromys and Geocapromys) and a related South American genus (Procapromys), are closely related to the coypus, and are now extinct over much of their range

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History and Etymology for hutia

Spanish hutía & American Spanish jutía, from Taino hutía

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