Borrowed, via Spanish tayra or Portuguese taira, from Old Tupi eîrara. (Compare Portuguese irara, Spanish irará, eirá, connected to Guaraní eíra (“honey”), a food the animal is fond of, whence also Portuguese papa-mel, another vernacular name.)
tayra (plural tayras)
- A South American omnivore, Eira barbara, allied to the grison, with a long thick tail.
- 2004, David Rains Wallace, Beasts of Eden: Walking Whales, Dawn Horses, and Other Enigmas of Mammal Evolution, page 66:
- Cope considered it partly arboreal, as tayras are, and possibly omnivorous as well as herbivorous, yet he thought he saw how it could have evolved into hulking Coryphodon in a relatively short time.
- 2006, Tom Jackson, Michael Chinery, The New Encyclopedia of American Animals, page 152,
- A few tayras are known to live in areas of tall grass.
- Tayras forage for food on the ground and also in the trees, where their long tail helps them to balance as they move through the branches.
- 2010, Carlos L. de la Rosa, Claudia C. Nocke, A Guide to the Carnivores of Central America, unnumbered page,
- Tayras can be tamed and make interesting but fairly destructive pets.
- tayra on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Eira barbara on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
- Eira barbara on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons
- tayra in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.