noun, plural coy·pus, (especially collectively) coy·pu.

a large, South American, aquatic rodent, Myocastor (or Myopotamus) coypus, yielding the fur nutria.

Nearby words

  1. coyly,
  2. coyote,
  3. coyote state,
  4. coyotillo,
  5. coypel,
  6. coz,
  7. coze,
  8. cozen,
  9. cozenage,
  10. cozey

Origin of coypu

1785–95; < American Spanish coipú < Araucanian coipu Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coypu


noun plural -pus or -pu

an aquatic South American hystricomorph rodent, Myocastor coypus, introduced into Europe: family Capromyidae. It resembles a small beaver with a ratlike tail and is bred in captivity for its soft grey underfur
the fur of this animal
Also called: nutria

Word Origin for coypu

C18: from American Spanish coipú, from Araucanian kóypu

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