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n. pl. coypu, or coy·pus
[American Spanish coipo, coipú, from Mapuche koypu.]
n, pl -pus or -puAlso called: nutria
1. (Animals) an aquatic South American hystricomorph rodent, Myocastor coypus, introduced into Europe: family Capromyidae. It resembles a small beaver with a ratlike tail and is bred in captivity for its soft grey underfur
2. (Textiles) the fur of this animal
[C18: from American Spanish coipú, from Araucanian kóypu]
nu•tri•a(ˈnu tri ə, ˈnyu-)
1. Also called coypu. a large South American aquatic rodent, Myocastor (or Myopotamus) coypus.
2. the fur of this animal, used for garments.
[1830–40, Amer.; < American Spanish; Sp: otter, alter. of lutria < Medieval Latin, for Latin lutra]
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|Noun||1.||coypu - aquatic South American rodent resembling a small beaver; bred for its fur|
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing