- Inflections of 'otter' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
- nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (All usages)
- nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (Can be used as a collective plural—e.g. "Otter were playing on the riverbank.")
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ot•ter /ˈɑtɚ/USA pronunciation
n., pl. -ters, (esp. when thought of as a group) -ter. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- [countable] a furry, water-dwelling, weasel-like mammal having webbed feet and a long, slightly flattened tail.
- [uncountable] the fur of an otter.
(ot′ər),USA pronunciation n., pl. -ters, (esp. collectively) -ter.
- any of several aquatic, furbearing, weasellike mammals of the genus Lutra and related genera, having webbed feet and a long, slightly flattened tail.
- the fur of an otter.
(ot′ər),USA pronunciation n.
- bef. 900; Middle English otter, oter, Old English otor, ottor; cognate with Dutch, German otter; compare Greek hýdra water serpent (see hydra), Sanskrit udra- otter; akin to water
- Mythology(in the Volsunga Saga) a son of Hreidmar, who assumed the form of an otter when fishing, and who was killed by Loki while in that form.
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otter /ˈɒtə/ n ( pl -ters, -ter)
- any freshwater carnivorous musteline mammal of the subfamily Lutrinae, esp Lutra lutra (Eurasian otter), typically having smooth fur, a streamlined body, and webbed feet
- the fur of any of these animals
- Also called: otter board a type of fishing tackle consisting of a weighted board to which hooked and baited lines are attached
Etymology: Old English otor; related to Old Norse otr, Old High German ottar, Greek hudra, Sanskrit udra
- to fish using an otter
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