• synonyms


[noo-tree-uh, nyoo-]
  1. the coypu.
  2. the fur of the coypu, resembling beaver, used for making coats, hats, suit trimmings, etc.
Show More

Origin of nutria

1810–20, Americanism; < Spanish: otter, variant of lutria < Medieval Latin, for Latin lutra
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for nutria

Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for nutria


  1. another name for the coypu, used esp to refer to its fur
  2. a brown colour with a grey tinge
Show More

Word Origin

C19: from Spanish: otter, variant of lutria, ultimately from Latin lūtra otter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for nutria


1836, from Spanish nutria "otter," also lutria, from Latin lutra (see otter).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper