hutia

noun hu·tia \(h)üˈtēə\
variants: less commonly

jutia

\(h)üˈtēə\

Definition of hutia

plural

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  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of hutia

Spanish hutía & American Spanish jutía, from Taino hutía


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