Definition of nutria in English:


Syllabification: nu·tri·a
Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞otrēə


  • 1A large semiaquatic beaverlike rodent, native to South America. It is kept in captivity for its fur and has become naturalized in many other areas.
    • Myocastor coypus, the only member of the family Myocastoridae
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    • A South American rodent, the nutria escaped or was released into the wild from pens.
    • Hurricane Katrina's path of destruction dealt at least a temporary setback to the nutria, the South American rodent species that is devouring wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico, according to experts.
    • Originally from South America, the nutria has devastated thousands of acres of wetlands along the U.S. Gulf Coast with its voracious appetite and prolific mating habits.
  • 1.1The pelt of the nutria.
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    • Extremely poor prices for nutria pelts have resulted in very little trapping activity.
    • My favorite piece of wearing apparel is my 3/4 length nutria coat that I bought at the Red, White, and Blue Thrift Store for $9.95.
    • Nutria fur never really caught on, and after a few escaped into the Louisiana swamp, they bred like crazy and are now ravaging wetlands around the country.


early 19th century: from Spanish, literally 'otter'.

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