Definition of otter in English:

otter

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒtə
 
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noun

1A semiaquatic fish-eating mammal of the weasel family, with an elongated body, dense fur, and webbed feet.
  • Lutra and other genera, family Mustelidae: several species, including the European otter (L. lutra). See also sea otter
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  • The weasel family includes such colourful characters as otters, wolverines, skunks, minks and badgers.
  • As members of the marten family, giant otters are susceptible to both diseases.
  • It also walks on the soles of its feet like a bear, but the resemblance ends there, as the badger is actually from the same family as otters and weasels.
2A piece of board used to carry fishing bait in water.

Origin

Old English otr, ot(t)or, of Germanic origin; related to Greek hudros 'water snake'.

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