Otter meaning

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The fur of one of these animals.
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Any aquatic or marine carnivorous mammal, member of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, polecats, badgers, and others.
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(gay slang) A hairy man with a slender physique, in contrast with a bear, who is more broadly set.
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(obsolete) Annatto.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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A river whose source in the Blackdown Hills, Somerset, and which flows into Lyme Bay in English Channel.
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Any of various aquatic or semiaquatic carnivorous mammals of the mustelid subfamily Lutrinae, having webbed feet and dense, dark brown fur.
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Any of various furry carnivores (family Mustelidae) with webbed feet used in swimming and a long, slightly flattened tail.
  • A North American river species (Lutra canadensis)
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The short, thick, lustrous fur of this animal.
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Origin of otter

  • Middle English oter from Old English otor wed-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English oter, from Proto-Germanic *utraz, from Proto-Indo-European *udrós (“water-animal, otter"), from *wed- (“water"). Cognate with Old High German ottar, Old Church Slavonic ⰲⱏⰺⰴⱃⰰ (vydra), and Ancient Greek ὕδρα (hydra, “water snake"). More etymology under English water.

    From Wiktionary