coypu

[koi-poo]
noun, plural coy·pus, (especially collectively) coy·pu.
  1. a large, South American, aquatic rodent, Myocastor (or Myopotamus) coypus, yielding the fur nutria.

Origin of coypu

1785–95; < American Spanish coipú < Araucanian coipu
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coypu

noun plural -pus or -pu
  1. 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
  2. the fur of this animal
Also called: nutria

Word Origin for coypu

C18: from American Spanish coipú, from Araucanian kóypu
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