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n. pl. nutria or nu·tri·as
1. A large semiaquatic rodent (Myocastor coypus) native to South America, having webbed feet and a long tail. It is widely raised for fur and has formed wild populations especially in the southern United States.
2. The light brown fur of the nutria. In both senses also called coypu.
1. (Animals) another name for the coypu, used esp to refer to its fur
2. (Colours) a brown colour with a grey tinge
[C19: from Spanish: otter, variant of lutria, ultimately from Latin lūtra otter]
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.||nutria - 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