otter

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noun ot·ter \ˈä-tər\

Definition of otter

plural

otters

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otter

  1. 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. 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


First Known Use: before 12th century


OTTER Defined for English Language Learners

otter

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noun ot·ter \ˈä-tər\

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

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noun ot·ter \ˈä-tər\

Definition of otter for Students

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



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