- a small animal, Eira barbara, of the weasel family, ranging from Mexico to tropical South America.
Origin of tayra
1850–55; < Portuguese, Spanish, taira < Tupi
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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.
- a large arboreal musteline mammal, Eira barbara, of Central and South America, having a dark brown body and paler head
Word Origin for tayra
C19: from Tupi taira
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