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]

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or great sea otter

Rare, completely marine otter (Enhydra lutris) of the northern Pacific, usually found in kelp beds.

Floating on its back, it opens mollusks by smashing them on a stone balanced on its chest. The large hind feet are broad and flipperlike. It is 40–65 in. (100–160 cm) long and weighs 35–90 lbs (16–40 kg). The thick lustrous coat is reddish to dark brown. By 1910 it had been hunted almost to extinction for its fur; now fully protected, it is gradually increasing in numbers.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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