Definition of tayra in English:


Syllabification: tay·ra
Pronunciation: /ˈtīrə


A large, agile, tree-dwelling animal of the weasel family, with a short dark coat, native to Central and South America.
  • Eira barbara, family Mustelidae
More example sentences
  • When Foster lost his funding, he left Matola with custody of two jaguars, a puma, an anteater, a tayra, three coatimundis, five curassows, and a cage of parrots.
  • Although usually silent, the tayra has been known to give yowls, snarls, or clicks when in groups.
  • The tayra occasionally eats poultry and raids corn and sugar fields, but damage is usually minimal.


mid 19th century: from Tupi taira.

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