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’
    • ‘A fresh one easily distinguished from a mink scat by the scent - otter spraint smells pleasantly musky or fishy.’
    • ‘Today, however, it is otters that place their spraints to claim this territory as their own.’
    • ‘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.’


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