Definition of "otter" []

  • Any of various aquatic, carnivorous mammals of the genus Lutra and allied genera, related to the minks and weasels and having webbed feet and dense, dark brown fur. (noun)
  • The fur of this mammal. (noun)
  • Any freshwater carnivorous musteline mammal of the subfamily Lutrinae, esp Lutra lutra (Eurasian otter), typically having smooth fur, a streamlined body, and webbed feet (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The fur of any of these animals (noun)
  • A type of fishing tackle consisting of a weighted board to which hooked and baited lines are attached (noun)
  • To fish using an otter (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "otter" in a sentence
  • "The terminally cute sea otter is a marine weasel into rough sex."
  • "Crawford said: "Whether you will see an otter is totally down to luck, but there is a better chance now than there has been for 50 years.""
  • "Paul Raven, head of conservation and ecology at the Environment Agency, said: The otter is at the top of the food chain, and as such is an important indicator of the health of English rivers."