- A river whose source in the Blackdown Hills, Somerset, and which flows into Lyme Bay in English Channel.
Otter m (genitive Otters, plural Otter)
From Old High German nātara. Originally the same word as Natter (“colubrid”). The form is based on the common dialectal development -ā- → -ō- with subsequent irregular shortening. Loss of initial n- is a common development in the Germanic languages and is due to unetymological segmentation of preceding endings or articles, for example: *eine notter, dialectally *en notter → *en‿otter. The same happened in Dutch adder and English adder. The German form was spread by Luther.
Otter f (genitive Otter, plural Ottern)
- At least outside of scientific parlance, this word is chiefly restricted to compound words.