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otter

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noun, plural ot·ters, (especially collectively) ot·ter.
  1. any of several aquatic, furbearing, weasellike mammals of the genus Lutra and related genera, having webbed feet and a long, slightly flattened tail.
  2. the fur of an otter.
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Origin of otter

before 900; Middle English otter, oter, Old English otor, ottor; cognate with Dutch, German otter; compare Greek hýdra water serpent (see hydra), Sanskrit udra- otter; akin to water

Otter

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noun
  1. (in the Volsunga Saga) a son of Hreidmar, who assumed the form of an otter when fishing, and who was killed by Loki while in that form.
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otter

noun plural -ters or -ter
  1. any freshwater carnivorous musteline mammal of the subfamily Lutrinae, esp Lutra lutra (Eurasian otter), typically having smooth fur, a streamlined body, and webbed feet
  2. the fur of any of these animals
  3. Also called: otter board a type of fishing tackle consisting of a weighted board to which hooked and baited lines are attached
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verb
  1. to fish using an otter
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Word Origin

Old English otor; related to Old Norse otr, Old High German ottar, Greek hudra, Sanskrit udra
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Word Origin and History for otter

n.

Old English otr, otor "otter," from Proto-Germanic *otraz (cf. Old Norse otr, Swedish utter, Danish odder, Dutch otter, Old High German ottar, German Otter), from PIE *udros, literally "water-creature" (cf. Sanskrit udrah, Avestan udra "otter;" Greek hydra "water-serpent," enydris "otter;" Latin lutra, Old Church Slavonic vydra, Lithuanian udra, Old Irish odoirne "otter"), from root *wed- "water" (see water (n.1)). Sea otter attested from 1660s, also known as sea-ape.

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