nutria

[noo-tree-uh, nyoo-]
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noun

the coypu.
the fur of the coypu, resembling beaver, used for making coats, hats, suit trimmings, etc.

Nearby words

  1. nutmeg state,
  2. nutmegger,
  3. nutpick,
  4. nutraceutical,
  5. nutrasweet,
  6. nutrient,
  7. nutrient artery,
  8. nutrient artery of femur,
  9. nutrient artery of fibula,
  10. nutrient artery of humerus

Origin of nutria

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

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British Dictionary definitions for nutria

nutria

noun

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

nutria

n.

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

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