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OTTER

1. Any carnivorous animal of the genus Lutra, and related genera. Different species are described. They have big, flattish heads, short ears, and webbed toes. They are aquatic, and feed on fish. Their fur is soft and valuable. The general otter of Europe is Lutra vulgaris; the American otter is L. Canadensis; another species inhabit South America and Asia. 2. The larva of the ghost moth. It is very injurious to hop vines. Otter hound, Otter dog Origin: OE. Oter, AS. Otor; akin to D. & G. Otter, Icel. Otr, Dan. Odder, Sw. Utter, Lith. Udra, Russ, vuidra, Gr. Water serpent, hydra, Skr. Udra otter, and also to E. Water. 137. See Water, and cf. Hydra. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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