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.

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 Unabridged


(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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otter (ˈɒtə)
n , pl -ters, -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
3.  Also called: otter board a type of fishing tackle consisting of a weighted board to which hooked and baited lines are attached
4.  to fish using an otter
[Old English otor; related to Old Norse otr, Old High German ottar, Greek hudra, Sanskrit udra]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. otr, otor, from P.Gmc. *utraz (cf. O.N. otr, Swed. utter, Dan. odder, Du. otter, Ger. Otter), from PIE *udros, lit. "water-creature" (cf. Skt. udrah, Avestan udra "otter;" Gk. hydra "water-serpent," enydris "otter;" L. lutra, O.C.S. vydra, Lith. udra, O.Ir. odoirne "otter"), from root *udr- "water."
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Example sentences for otter
The clawless water otter is now endangered, mostly because it hunted so often.
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