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 For example, the North American river otter's lifespan is 12 years on average, according to the Smithsonian. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2024 Lucius, an 18-year-old North American river otter, had been at the Detroit Zoo since 2009. Kate Linderman, Kansas City Star, 8 May 2024 Currently the largest semiaquatic mammal in the Great Lakes is the North American river otter. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 Whiskers, the river otter who parented the first otter to be born at the Detroit Zoo in 50 years, died on Tuesday. Detroit Free Press, 6 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for river otter 

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of river otter was in 1801

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“River otter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/river%20otter. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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