nutria

[noo-tree-uh, nyoo-]

Origin of nutria

1810–20, Americanism; < Spanish: otter, variant of lutria < Medieval Latin, for Latin lutra
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nutria

noun
  1. another name for the coypu, used esp to refer to its fur
  2. 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
n.

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

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