river otter


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 The diet of the river otter is mainly made up of aquatic organisms including fish, turtles, frogs, crayfish, etc. Cheryl Conley, Houston Chronicle, "River otters can be seen in Houston-region waterways," 24 Aug. 2020 During their coffee breaks, animal keepers sat with Dunkin, a North American river otter who seemed to miss attention from visitors. Cassandre Coyer, The Christian Science Monitor, "How are zoo, aquarium animals coping with all this? Not badly, say keepers.," 12 Aug. 2020 Officials have closed five acres of Manzanita Lake at the park after a man was bitten by a female river otter. Kailyn Brown, Los Angeles Times, "Encounter with mother otter at California national park sends visitor to the hospital," 30 June 2020 Grizzly Island span 17,000 acres in the heart of the 88,000-acre Suisun Marsh with the states healthiest elk herd and highest population of river otters. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Wildlife areas, refuges remain open amid coronavirus shutdowns," 19 Mar. 2020 Among them is a romp of ornery North American river otters, who spend their days climbing on their rocky, multi-level habitat, splashing in a cool stream and waterfall, tussling with fellow inhabitants, and gliding gracefully underwater. Lindsay Lambert Day, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Wildlife Webcams Will Cure Your Cabin Fever," 18 Mar. 2020 North American river otters at the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee Tennessee’s aquarium houses the most diverse population of freshwater animals in the United States. Lindsay Lambert Day, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Wildlife Webcams Will Cure Your Cabin Fever," 18 Mar. 2020 One of the two domestic dogs that encountered the river otter was a puppy that had to be euthanized following the incident. Kathy Leigh Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "Mom plays hero as otter attacks dog, bites girl in Florida home: 'Anything to save my kid'," 17 Feb. 2020 The half-dozen or so river otters that frequent the watershed clearly take a toll, but biologists think something else is killing them off. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Disappointing numbers for annual coho salmon run in western Marin County," 17 Jan. 2020

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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“River otter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/river%20otter. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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