river otter

noun

Definition of river otter

: any of various Old and New World otters (especially genera Lutra and Lontra) especially : one (Lontra canadensis) of Alaska, Canada, and the conterminous U.S. found in aquatic environments from marine coastal regions to high mountains

Examples of river otter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Fish and Game, river otter attacks have happened in recent years, but are not commonplace. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Sep. 2021 But one animal moving deeper into urban areas isn’t as well known: the North American river otter. Chloe Bennett, Dallas News, 8 July 2021 Rabies was also confirmed in a river otter, which Gerlach said has not happened in more than 20 years — showing the extent of spread happening in wild animals. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 2021 Last week, researchers spotted a giant river otter in the wilds of Argentina for the first time since the 1980s when the species was declared locally extinct, reports Graeme Green for the Guardian. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 June 2021 But the neotropical river otter (L. longicaudis) has largely remained a mystery. Sofia Moutinho, Science | AAAS, 26 May 2021 The occasional river otter is always a happy shock. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 May 2021 The new otters will add a lot of playful energy to the Aquarium's river otter habitat! Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 6 Apr. 2021 The diet of the river otter is mainly made up of aquatic organisms including fish, turtles, frogs, crayfish, etc. Cheryl Conley, Houston Chronicle, 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of river otter

1801, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2021

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“River otter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/river%20otter. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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