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[kohl-ter] /ˈkoʊl tər/
John Merle
[murl] /mɜrl/ (Show IPA),
1851–1928, U.S. botanist. Unabridged
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  • The story of this expedition has been most charmingly told by its youngest member, another john coulter.

  • john coulter, a frontiersman, was probably the first white man to set foot within its territory.

  • But as for Mr. john coulter being their giver—why, you are mad as a March hare to think it for a moment.

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  • Think, for instance, of your sailing into Mr. john coulter's wedding party in a get-up like that.

    Carl and the Cotton Gin Sara Ware Bassett
  • How came you to know Mr. john coulter well enough to be treating him like a long-lost brother?

    Carl and the Cotton Gin Sara Ware Bassett
British Dictionary definitions for john coulter


a blade or sharp-edged disc attached to a plough so that it cuts through the soil vertically in advance of the ploughshare Also (esp US) colter
Word Origin
Old English culter, from Latin: ploughshare, knife
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Word Origin and History for john coulter



Old English culter, from Latin culter "a knife, iron blade in a plowshare," from PIE root *(s)kel- "to cut" (see scale (n.1)). As a surname (13c.), probably from Coulter in Lancashire.

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