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coy·pu

 (koi′po͞o)
n. pl. coypu, or coy·pus
See nutria.

[American Spanish coipo, coipú, from Mapuche koypu.]

coypu

(ˈkɔɪpuː)
n, pl -pus or -pu
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
Also called: nutria
[C18: from American Spanish coipú, from Araucanian kóypu]

nu•tri•a

(ˈnu tri ə, ˈnyu-)

n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coypu - aquatic South American rodent resembling a small beavercoypu - 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
genus Myocastor, Myocastor - a genus of Capromyidae
Translations

coypu

[ˈkɔɪpuː] N (coypus or coypu (pl)) → coipo m

coypu

[ˈkɔɪpuː] nragondin m

coypu

nSumpfbiber m

coypu

[ˈkɔɪpuː] n (coypu or coypus (pl)) (Zool) → nutria, castorino
References in classic literature ?
We ascend the lofty peaks of the Cordillera and we find an alpine species of bizcacha; we look to the waters, and we do not find the beaver or musk-rat, but the coypu and capybara, rodents of the American type.
The Myopotamus Coypus (like a beaver, but with a round tail) is well known from its fine fur, which is an object of trade throughout the tributaries of La Plata.
Because HEV strains in rats have been recently described (8), we questioned the capacity of coypu to act as an HEV reservoir.
RC8 LETTERS GOODNESS GUERNSEY 5 LETTERS COYPU GYPSY SCRUB 3 LETTERS AND ARC COO GUY SPA 9 LETTERS DEPENDENT SECTIONAL 7 LETTERS DESCANT ENTENTE OCTAGON 4 LETTERS BODE EDDY STAB 10 LETTERS DISDAINFUL RECYCLABLE SHREWDNESS CDEBREAKER The number in each square corresponds to a letter.
COYPU THIS large, South American rodent began breeding in East Anglia in the 1960s following escapes from fur farms.
Our rep Jamie tells us there's a pleasant circular walk around the parc, and as we stroll around, we see deer and, in the river that runs through the site, coypu - a cross between a water rat and a beaver.
2001: Role of the coypu (Myocastor coypus) in the epidemiology of leptospirosis in domestic animals and humans in France.
A twitchers' paradise, kingfishers, flamingos, egrets and storks flew by while coypu (like beavers) paddled past and wild horses grazed in the Bagnas nature reserve.
It has been reported that three other species were housed incorrectly including two coypu rodents in a snake's cage, a white fox in a leopard's den, and another dog in a wolf pen.
Three other species housed incorrectly included two coypu rodents in a snake's cage, a white fox in a leopard's den, and another dog in a wolf pen.
Within days I found myself covering floods in Exeter, and very soon after the destruction of the Norfolk Broads by coypu.
Globally, many common names of mammals (as designated by the Oxford English Dictionary) have originated either from first nations, for example pika (Siberia), yak (Tibet), pangolin and orang-utan (Malaya), cheetah (Hindu), zebra and chimpanzee (Congo), tenrec (Madagascar), skunk and kinkajou (North America), puma, tapir and coypu (South America), and kangaroo (north-east Australia), or from their European conquerors, for example sheep (Anglo-Saxon), springbok (Cape Dutch), armadillo (Spanish) and hippopotamus (Greek).