Other Word Forms of Otter
Origin of Otter
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.
Middle English oter from Old English otor wed-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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