Definition of sea otter in English:

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sea otter

Pronunciation: /sē ˈädər/

noun

An entirely aquatic marine otter of North Pacific coasts, formerly hunted for its dense fur. It is noted for its habit of floating on its back with a stone balanced on the abdomen, in order to crack open bivalve mollusks.
  • Enhydra lutris, family Mustelidae.
Example sentences
  • The sea otter's range was restricted to the North Pacific basin, at least from the Pleistocene onward.
  • In the north, the sea otter is thriving in areas off Alaska and British Columbia, and a translocated group off Washington State is growing.
  • A few other carnivores, such as the sea otter, are also specialized for life in the oceans.

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Syllabification: sea ot·ter

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