Definition of coypu in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkɔɪpuː

noun (plural coypus)

  • A large semiaquatic beaver-like 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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    • Nutria, called Myocastor coypus, have added to the destruction by devouring wetlands.
    • These include the capybara, the agouti, the coypu, the cavy and the chinchilla.
    • My guess is it's a coypu - a large South American rodent.


late 18th century: from Araucanian.

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