Sea otter
Otter Ot"ter ([o^]t"t[~e]r), n. [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. [root]137, 215. See {Water}, and cf. {Hydra}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The larva of the ghost moth. It is very injurious to hop vines. [1913 Webster]

{Otter hound}, {Otter dog} (Zo["o]l.), a small breed of hounds, used in England for hunting otters; see {otterhound} .

{Otter sheep}. See {Ancon sheep}, under {Ancon}.

{Otter shell} (Zo["o]l.), very large bivalve mollusk ({Schizoth[ae]rus Nuttallii}) found on the northwest coast of America. It is excellent food, and is extensively used by the Indians.

{Sea otter}. (Zo["o]l.) See in the Vocabulary. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Sea otter — Sea ot ter (Zo[ o]l.) An aquatic carnivore ({Enhydris lutris} syn. {Enhydris marina}) found in the North Pacific Ocean. Its fur is highly valued, especially by the Chinese. It is allied to the common otter, but is larger, with feet more decidedly …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea otter — n. a marine otter (Enhydra lutris) with valuable dark brown fur, found along the N Pacific coast …   English World dictionary

  • Sea otter — Taxobox name = Sea Otter status = EN trend = down status system = iucn2.3 image caption = A sea otter wraps itself in kelp in Morro Bay, California. image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata subphylum = Vertebrata classis = Mammalia …   Wikipedia

  • sea otter — a marine otter, Enhydra lutris, of the shores of the northern Pacific, with a very valuable fur: now greatly reduced in number and rare in many areas. [1655 65] * * * or great sea otter Rare, completely marine otter (Enhydra lutris) of the… …   Universalium

  • sea otter — jūrinė ūdra statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Enhydra lutris angl. sea otter vok. Kalan; Kamtschatkabiber; Meerotter; Seeotter rus. калан; камчатский бобр; морская выдра; морской бобр pranc. loutre de… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • sea otter — sea′ ot ter n. mam a marine otter, Enhydra lutris, of N Pacific coasts, with valuable fur • Etymology: 1655–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • sea otter — noun Date: 1664 a rare marine otter (Enhydra lutris) of the northern Pacific coasts that may attain a length of six feet (two meters), is chiefly brown but with lighter coloration on the back of the head and neck, and feeds largely on shellfish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sea otter — n. large marine otter with very thick dark brown fur of the northern Pacific coast …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sea otter — /ˈsi ɒtə/ (say see otuh) noun a marine otter, Enhydra lutris, of the shores of the northern Pacific, with a very valuable fur …   Australian English dictionary

  • sea otter — noun large marine otter of northern Pacific coasts having very thick dark brown fur • Syn: ↑Enhydra lutris • Hypernyms: ↑musteline mammal, ↑mustelid, ↑musteline • Member Holonyms: ↑Enhydra, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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