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

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Such barriers always accentuate my feelings of difference from the river otters, sunfish and rainbow trout, to whom both clock time and floating partitions are a mere curiosity. New York Times, "The Magic of Swimming Holes," 18 Aug. 2019 Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program: Volunteers monitor various sites in CT on the lookout for track and sign of fisher, river otter, mink, moose, black bear, and bobcat. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 16 Sep. 2019 Turtles, river otters, manatees, squirrels, snakes, snails and crayfish are all members of the Ichetucknee Springs ecosystem. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Ichetucknee Springs provides visitors a 3-hour natural lazy river tube run," 13 Aug. 2019 Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program: Volunteers monitor various sites in CT on the lookout for track and sign of fisher, river otter, mink, moose, black bear, and bobcat. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 28 Aug. 2019 The prize for the cutest aquatic critter on our list goes to the aquarium’s North American river otters, which were all orphaned, rescued and raised by humans. Linda Lombardi, chicagotribune.com, "3 epic aquatic adventures across the U.S., including indoor swimming with whale sharks," 11 June 2019 Time moves slower here, perfect for lingering along the Sunshine Coast Highway to look for seals, porpoises, bald eagles, and river otters. Outside Online, "The Best Places to Savor Fall in British Columbia," 14 Aug. 2019 The North American river otter who delighted aquarium guests for nearly 18 years experienced a seizure in the early morning of July 29th. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "North Carolina Aquarium Mourns Loss of Famous River Otter," 2 Aug. 2019 Molly, North Carolina’s most famous river otter, has died after suffering a seizure at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "North Carolina Aquarium Mourns Loss of Famous River Otter," 2 Aug. 2019

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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