from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various aquatic, carnivorous mammals of the genus Lutra and allied genera, related to the minks and weasels and having webbed feet and dense, dark brown fur.
  • n. The fur of this mammal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any aquatic or marine carnivorous mammal, member of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, polecats, badgers, and others.
  • n. A hairy man with a slender physique, in contrast with a bear, who is more broadly set
  • n. annatto

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any carnivorous animal of the genera Lutra, Enhydra, and related genera of the family Mustelidae. Several species are described. They have large, flattish heads, short ears, and webbed toes. They are aquatic, and feed on fish. The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) also eats clams, crabs, starfish, abalone, and other marine animals; they may come to the surface, and lying on their backs using the stomach as a table, may be seen cracking open the shell of its prey with a rock. The common otter of Europe is Lutra vulgaris; the North American otter (or American otter) is Lutra Canadensis, which inhabits marshes, streams and rivers; other species inhabit South America and Asia. The North American otter adult is about three to four feet long (including the tail) and weighs from 10 to 30 pounds; the sea otter is commonly four feet long and 45 pounds (female) or 60 pounds (male). Their fur is soft and valuable, and in the nineteenth century they were hunted extensively. The sea otter was hunted to near extinction by 1900, and is now protected. Fewer than 3,000 sea otters are believed to live along the central California coast.
  • n. The larva of the ghost moth. It is very injurious to hop vines.
  • n. A corruption of annotto.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hunt otters with dogs.
  • To fish with a fioat and hooks. See otter-board.
  • To fish with line and flies. See otter, n., 4.
  • n. An aquatic digitigrade carnivorous mammal of the order Feræ, family Mustelidæ and subfamily Lutrinæ.
  • n. The sea-otter. See Enhydris.
  • n. The larva of the ghost-moth, Epialus humuli, which is very destructive to hop-plantations.
  • n. A tackle with line and flies, used for fishing below the surface in lakes and rivers.
  • n. A breed of sheep: same as ancon, 3.
  • n. A corruption of arnotto.
  • n. Same as attar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the fur of an otter
  • n. freshwater carnivorous mammal having webbed and clawed feet and dark brown fur


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English oter, from Old English otor.

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From Old English oter. Cognate with Old High German ottar, Old Slavic ⰲⱏⰺⰴⱃⰰ, and Ancient Greek ὕδρα (hydra, "water snake"). More etymology under English water.

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