nutria

noun
nu·tria | \ˈnü-trē-ə, ˈnyü-\

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

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Their remarkable reproductive rate lets females birth on average two litters of five nutria annually -- and become pregnant again by year's end. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "Nutria in Jefferson Parish drainage canals to stay in SWAT crosshairs," 15 May 2018 In fact, alligators may help reduce land loss by eating nutria, an invasive rodent that damages about 6,000 acres of marshland each year. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Don't blame gators for coastal land loss: report," 25 Jan. 2018 With damage estimated at $6 million, the Parish Council in 1995 took up then-Sheriff Harry Lee on his offer to pick off nutria with rifles. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "Nutria in Jefferson Parish drainage canals to stay in SWAT crosshairs," 15 May 2018 No, son, nutria are invasive rodents devouring our wetlands. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "The latest weight-loss craze? A 'nutria coach'!," 17 Apr. 2018 Since March of 2017, more than 20 nutria have been spotted in California’s Merced, Fresno and Stanislaus counties. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "California Is Asking Residents to Report Sightings of Giant, Invasive Rodents," 14 Feb. 2018 In some spots, nutria have contaminated drinking water supplies. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Nutria crackdown: California looks to eradicate ruinous rodent before it tears up state," 9 Feb. 2018 Before the land eroded, the family raised cattle and trapped muskrats and nutria there. Sara Sneath, NOLA.com, "As Louisiana's coast washes away, state cashing in on disputed oil and gas rights," 31 May 2018 Your California cousins may soon be hitting you up for nutria recipes. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "As nutria invade the West Coast, Californians wonder 'should we eat them?': report," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nutria

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nutria

American Spanish, from Spanish, otter, modification of Latin lutra; probably akin to Old English oter otter

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