One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The skin or fur of the coypu.
- ‘It comes in dozens of different grades of rabbit, hare, nutria, beaver, etc., and may vary in price from $10 to $100 a pound.’
- ‘I remember asking the salesperson, 'What is this?' and he said, 'It's nutria'.’
Early 19th century: from Spanish, literally ‘otter’.
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