Definition of hutia in English:

hutia

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Pronunciation: /hʌˈtiːə
 
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noun

  • 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
    More 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.

Origin

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

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