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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Wildlife BuzzFeed Says: Alligators, nutrias, wild hogs, snakes, raccoons, bats, and anything else that roams the backwoods.
The storm was also blamed for washing hundreds of dead nutria ashore on a Mississippi beach.
Terrebonne had 82 percent of the total nutria damage recorded in the latest survey.
Unlike native Louisiana muskrat, which chomp the leaves of plants, nutria go straight for the roots.
The wild boar effort contrasts with one about 20 years ago to get nutria, an invasive rodent, on restaurant menus and grocery shelves.
This season’s collection continues earlier themes but is more exaggerated, with oversize bags, coats and leopard-print nutria beanies dominating the looks.
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Origin and Etymology of nutria
American Spanish, from Spanish, otter, modification of Latin lutra; probably akin to Old English oter otter
First Known Use: 1811See Words from the same year
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