Definition of 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
Recent Examples of otter from the Web
The first and worst outbreak in Alaska history was in 1799, when a hundred otter hunters in the Russian fur trade died from eating toxic mussels.
Spencer also seizes the opportunity to write about other creatures he's observed by the pool, from ants to otters, and even the occasional human.
Garrapata State Park is open west of Highway 1 with two miles of beachfront where sea lions, otters and gray whales make appearances, and a handful of trails are open to walkers inside Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
Mulqueen’s husband, Joe, reports seeing geese, eagles and otters during class.
Fox 35 reported the woman, Laura Cook, found a family of otters under the hood of her Jeep.
Meanwhile, back at Elgol, morning or afternoon strolls will likely be accompanied by dolphin, otter, and eagle sightings; and just over the A87 bridge from Skye lies Plockton, arguably the most charming town in the country.
Along the way, paddlers wind through forest, sandy dunes and observe wildlife such as otters and bald eagles.
That’s bad news not only for seafood lovers, but also for the kelp forest, where abalone are prey for animals from octopuses to otters, and help regulate algal growth.
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OTTER Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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