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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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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