What does otter mean?

Definitions for otterˈɒt ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. otter(noun)

    the fur of an otter

  2. otter(noun)

    freshwater carnivorous mammal having webbed and clawed feet and dark brown fur


  1. Otter(n.)

    (Zool.) Any carnivorous animal of the genera Lutra, Enhydra, and related genera of the family Mustelidae. Several species are described. They have large, flattish heads, short ears, and webbed toes. They are aquatic, and feed on fish. The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) also eats clams, crabs, starfish, abalone, and other marine animals; they may come to the surface, and lying on their backs using the stomach as a table, may be seen cracking open the shell of its prey with a rock. The common otter of Europe is Lutra vulgaris; the North American otter (or American otter) is Lutra Canadensis, which inhabits marshes, streams and rivers; other species inhabit South America and Asia. The North American otter adult is about three to four feet long (including the tail) and weighs from 10 to 30 pounds; the sea otter is commonly four feet long and 45 pounds (female) or 60 pounds (male). Their fur is soft and valuable, and in the nineteenth century they were hunted extensively. The sea otter was hunted to near extinction by 1900, and is now protected. Fewer than 3,000 sea otters are believed to live along the central California coast.

  2. Origin: [OE. oter, AS. otor; akin to D. & G. otter, Icel. otr, Dan. odder, Sw. utter, Lith. udra, Russ, vuidra, Gr. "y`dra water serpent, hydra, Skr. udra otter, and also to E. water. 137, 215. See Water, and cf. Hydra.]


  1. otter(Noun)

    Any aquatic or marine carnivorous mammal, member of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, polecats, badgers, and others.

  2. otter(Noun)

    A hairy man with a slender physique, in contrast with a bear, who is more broadly set

  3. Otter(ProperNoun)

    A river whose source in the Blackdown Hills, Somerset, and which flows into Lyme Bay in English Channel.

  4. Origin: From oter. Cognate with Old High German ottar, Old Slavic , and Ancient Greek ὕδρα (“Hydra”, “water snake”). More etymology under English water.


  1. Otter

    An otter is any of 13 living species of semiaquatic mammals that feed on fish and shellfish, and also other invertebrates, amphibians, birds and small mammals. The otter subfamily Lutrinae forms part of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, badgers, wolverines, and polecats.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Otter

    ot′ėr, n. a large kind of weasel living entirely on fish. [A.S. otor, oter; cf. Dut. and Ger. otter.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. otter

    In naval mine warfare, a device which, when towed, displaces itself sideways to a predetermined distance.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of otter in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of otter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nicole Thometz:

    In order for us to successfully release, an otter cannot become habituated to humans. Not for food. Not for any positive interaction.

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