Definition of spraint in English:


(also spraints)


  • [mass noun] The droppings of an otter:

    ‘this means finding their droppings or spraint’
    ‘the spraints of an otter’
    • ‘He discovered the otter droppings - or spraint, to use the technical term - while checking the site destined to become Grays Wharf, a riverside office development.’
    • ‘Today, however, it is otters that place their spraints to claim this territory as their own.’
    • ‘A fresh one easily distinguished from a mink scat by the scent - otter spraint smells pleasantly musky or fishy.’


Late Middle English: from Old French espreintes, from espraindre squeeze out, based on Latin exprimere to express.