otter

noun ot·ter \ ˈä-tər \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of otter

plural otters also otter
1 :any of various largely aquatic carnivorous mammals (such as genus Lutra or Enhydra) of the weasel family that usually have webbed and clawed feet and dark brown fur
2 :the fur or pelt of an otter

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Origin and Etymology of otter

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


OTTER Defined for English Language Learners

otter

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Definition of otter for English Language Learners

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


OTTER Defined for Kids

otter

noun ot·ter \ ˈä-tər \

Definition of otter for Students

:a web-footed animal that lives mostly in the water, feeds on fish, and has dark brown fur


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