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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.
A study was also carried out with coypu (Myocastor coypus) fetuses that showed that 60 day-old fetuses are the same as the equivalent human fetus (Felipe et al).
Sightings of coypu -- a semi-aquatic creature with orange teeth, webbed feet, a long tail and looking like a cross between a beaver, an otter and a very large rat -- native to wetlands of Central and South America, have become frequent near Irish rivers.
The Coypu has bright orange teeth, cylindrical tail, webbed back feet and measures about a metre long - and was spotted making its way along Dublin's Royal Canal.
Sharing the territory of such incredible wildlife - not only Bewick's swans but Arctic fox, white-tailed sea eagles, black-throated divers, hen harriers, tundra bean geese and coypu to name just a few - was an amazing experience I'll not forget."
What is a Coypu? SOLUTIONS Explosives; 8 Port; Peter St 7 tore.
A Leicestershire B Somerset C Hampshire D Lancashire QUESTION 8 - for 8 points: What name is given to the fur of the coypu? A Coney B Nutria C Angora D Musquash QUESTION 9 - for 9 points: Which of the following is haliotis?
Because HEV strains in rats have been recently described (8), we questioned the capacity of coypu to act as an HEV reservoir.
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.--European Journal of Epidemiology 17: 111-121.