- any of several aquatic, furbearing, weasellike mammals of the genus Lutra and related genera, having webbed feet and a long, slightly flattened tail.
- the fur of an otter.
Origin of otter
- (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.
Examples from the Web for otter
He called Governor Otter a “salesman for the government,” a product no decent Idahoan would ever buy.The Candidate Named "Pro-Life"
October 31, 2010
But then they never have an uncle with antlers; nor a personal friend who is an otter.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
At Otter Lake a much foliated and weathered phyllite was found.The Long Labrador Trail
Tail of a beaver, bill of a duck, Feet of an otter, just his luck!FreeChildrenStories.com Collection
There could be no doubt that the shape and motion were those of an otter.
So fast was the otter that the momentum carried her well into the shallows.
- any freshwater carnivorous musteline mammal of the subfamily Lutrinae, esp Lutra lutra (Eurasian otter), typically having smooth fur, a streamlined body, and webbed feet
- the fur of any of these animals
- Also called: otter board a type of fishing tackle consisting of a weighted board to which hooked and baited lines are attached
- to fish using an otter
Word Origin and History for otter
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.