[ ot-er ]

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.

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

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[ ot-er ]

  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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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/ (ˈɒtə) /

nounplural -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

  1. Also called: otter board a type of fishing tackle consisting of a weighted board to which hooked and baited lines are attached

  1. to fish using an otter

Origin of otter

Old English otor; related to Old Norse otr, Old High German ottar, Greek hudra, Sanskrit udra

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