Definition of tayra in English:

tayra

noun

  • A large, agile tree-dwelling animal of the weasel family, with a short dark coat, native to Central and South America.

    • ‘The tayra occasionally eats poultry and raids corn and sugar fields, but damage is usually minimal.’
    • ‘Although usually silent, the tayra has been known to give yowls, snarls, or clicks when in groups.’
    • ‘I report here an observation of attempted predation by a tayra in the western Amazon, in Acre, Brazil.’
    • ‘One of the most common and widespread carnivores, tayras can live in disturbed habitats near man.’
    • ‘When Foster lost his funding, he left Matola with custody of two jaguars, a puma, an anteater, a tayra, three coatimundis, five curassows, and a cage of parrots.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Tupi taira.

Pronunciation:

tayra

/ˈtʌɪrə/