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  1. a small animal, Eira barbara, of the weasel family, ranging from Mexico to tropical South America.
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Origin of tayra

1850–55; < Portuguese, Spanish, taira < Tupi
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Historical Examples of tayra

  • Another member of the genus is the tayra or taira (G. barbara), about as large as an otter, with a range from Mexico to Argentina.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5


British Dictionary definitions for tayra


  1. a large arboreal musteline mammal, Eira barbara, of Central and South America, having a dark brown body and paler head
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Word Origin for tayra

C19: from Tupi taira
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