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coypu

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

First recorded in 1785–95; from Latin American Spanish (Chile, Argentina) coipú, from Araucanian coipu

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British Dictionary definitions for coypu

coypu
/ (ˈkɔɪpuː) /

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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