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[tahy-ruh] /ˈtaɪ rə/
a small animal, Eira barbara, of the weasel family, ranging from Mexico to tropical South America.
1850-55; < Portuguese, Spanish, taira < Tupi Unabridged
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a large arboreal musteline mammal, Eira barbara, of Central and South America, having a dark brown body and paler head
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C19: from Tupi taira
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weasellike mammal of tropical forests from southern Mexico through South America to northern Argentina. The tayra is short-legged, yet slender and agile, weighing from 2.7 to 7 kg (5.95 to 15.4 pounds). The body, measuring about 60-68 cm (24-27 inches), is covered with coarse but smooth, dark fur. The bushy tail is 39-47 cm (15-18.5 inches) long. The tayra's dark skin is covered by brown or black fur that is commonly paler on the head and neck. The throat and chest are often marked with a light-coloured, triangular spot.

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