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[ot-er] /ˈɒt ər/
noun, plural otters (especially collectively) otter.
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
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


[ot-er] /ˈɒt ər/
(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
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noun (pl) -ters, -ter
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
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

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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