cooter

[ koo-ter ]
/ ˈku tər /

noun

Chiefly Southern U.S. any of several large aquatic turtles of the southern U.S. and northern Mexico.

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Origin of cooter

1820–30; said to be <Bambara, Malinke kuta turtle (with related forms in other Niger-Congo languages); compare coot to copulate (of sea turtles), first attested in the Caribbean in 1667

Words nearby cooter

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Example sentences from the Web for cooter

  • Democrats have only the dude who played “Cooter” on The Dukes of Hazard to crow about.

    Hollywood's Dirty Secret|John Avlon|May 14, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • The cooter is the terrapin, and a very expert boatman he is.

    Letters of a Traveller|William Cullen Bryant
  • A “cooter” is a box-tortoise, and the noun is turned into a verb with an ease characteristic of the mountaineers.