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 (no͞o′trē-ə, nyo͞o′-)
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.

[American Spanish, otter, coypu, from Spanish, otter, from Old Spanish, from Latin lutra (probably influenced by Greek enudris, otter); see wed- in Indo-European roots.]


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]


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nutria - aquatic South American rodent resembling a small beavernutria - 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


[ˈnjuːtrɪə] nnutria
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Along with familiar animals like the lion, monkey, and snake, readers will find such lesser known animals as the nutria, wapiti, and vicuna.
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In one study we conducted in the upper Rio Nutria watershed, 37 percent of the birds occupied the riparian corridor of the Rio Nutria, an area that encompassed only about 2 percent of the land area surveyed.
A lightweight straw hat runs $35 to $70; a good felt hat (a blend of rabbit, beaver, and nutria fur) starts at about $140.
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Zone A hunters can legally hunt wild hogs, rabbits, raccoon, opossum, coyote and nutria on private lands.