sea otter

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noun

a marine otter, Enhydra lutris, of the shores of the northern Pacific, with a very valuable fur: now greatly reduced in number and rare in many areas.

Origin of sea otter

First recorded in 1655–65
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Examples from the Web for sea otter

Historical Examples of sea otter

  • There is also a kind of otter which lives in the sea, and is called the sea-otter.

  • For many years Belkoffski was the centre of the sea-otter trade.

    Alaska

    Ella Higginson

  • They will soon be as rare as the sea-otter, which vanished for the same shameless reasons.

    Alaska

    Ella Higginson

  • The sea-otter resides only on the sea-coast or in the neighborhood of the salt water.

    Oregon and Eldorado

    Thomas Bulfinch

  • "Sea-otter" it was known to the English and American hunters.


British Dictionary definitions for sea otter

sea otter

noun

a large marine otter, Enhydra lutris, of N Pacific coasts, formerly hunted for its thick dark brown fur
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