[ noo-tree-uh, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu tri ə, ˈnyu- /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nutria


/ (ˈnjuːtrɪə) /


another name for the coypu, used esp to refer to its fur
a brown colour with a grey tinge

Word Origin for nutria

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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