Definition of hutia in English:

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Pronunciation: /hʌˈtiːə/


A rodent resembling a cavy, with short legs and tail, found only in the Caribbean.
  • Family Capromyidae: two genera, in particular Capromys, and several species, some of which are now extinct
Example sentences
  • It was said to be slightly larger than a hutia and was a source of food for natives.
  • The most visible animal on the base is the hutia, known as the ‘banana rat’ by residents here.
  • This nocturnal hutia feeds on roots, bark, shoots, fruit, and foliage of many different plants.


Mid 16th century: from Spanish, from Taino huti, cuti.

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