nutria

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noun nu·tria \ˈnü-trē-ə, ˈnyü-\

Definition of nutria

  1. 1 :  the durable usually light brown fur of a nutria

  2. 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 and Etymology 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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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of nutria Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about nutria


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