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otter

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noun ot·ter \ˈä-tər\

Simple Definition of otter

  • : an animal that has dark brown fur and webbed feet with claws and that eats fish

Full Definition of otter

plural otters also otter

  1. 1 :  any of various largely aquatic carnivorous mammals (as genus Lutra or Enhydra) of the weasel family that usually have webbed and clawed feet and dark brown fur

  2. 2 :  the fur or pelt of an otter

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Origin of otter

Middle English oter, from Old English otor; akin to Old High German ottar otter, Greek hydōr water — more at water


First Known Use: before 12th century


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