Definition of hutia in English:

hutia

noun

  • A rodent resembling a cavy, with short legs and tail, found only in the Caribbean.

    • ‘This nocturnal hutia feeds on roots, bark, shoots, fruit, and foliage of many different plants.’
    • ‘It was said to be slightly larger than a hutia and was a source of food for natives.’
    • ‘The fur of hutias is generally brownish or greyish in colouration.’
    • ‘Studies in Central America have shown that animals, like hutia, are attracted to gardens because they offer choice foods.’
    • ‘The most visible animal on the base is the hutia, known as the ‘banana rat’ by residents here.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

hutia

/hʌˈtiːə/