- 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
There is also a kind of otter which lives in the sea, and is called the sea-otter.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
For many years Belkoffski was the centre of the sea-otter trade.
They will soon be as rare as the sea-otter, which vanished for the same shameless reasons.
The sea-otter resides only on the sea-coast or in the neighborhood of the salt water.Oregon and Eldorado
For ten days no food was tasted but soup made from sea-otter skins.Vikings of the Pacific
Agnes C. Laut
- a large marine otter, Enhydra lutris, of N Pacific coasts, formerly hunted for its thick dark brown fur
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