- the coypu.
- the fur of the coypu, resembling beaver, used for making coats, hats, suit trimmings, etc.
Origin of nutria
1810–20, Americanism; < Spanish: otter, variant of lutria < Medieval Latin, for Latin lutra
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Examples from the Web for nutria
The fur of the rabbit and nutria are used in the manufacture of felt hats.A Civic Biology
George William Hunter
Nutria is the commercial term for the fur of the South American coypou.The Accomplished Muskrat Trapper
A. E. (Arno Erdman) Schmidt
Nutria, nū′tri-a, n. the fur of the coypou, a South American beaver.
A nutria appeared and some friendly dogs, and we heard of tame foxes and diminutive ponies to be seen next day.
It was during this part of our day's journey that the peons made two captures of live animals in an armadillo and a nutria.
- another name for the coypu, used esp to refer to its fur
- a brown colour with a grey tinge
C19: from Spanish: otter, variant of lutria, ultimately from Latin lūtra otter
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Word Origin and History for nutria
1836, from Spanish nutria "otter," also lutria, from Latin lutra (see otter).
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