[ koo-ter ]
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  1. Chiefly Southern U.S. any of several large aquatic turtles of the southern U.S. and northern Mexico.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cooter in a sentence

  • Stop it I say—would you kill a feller just for a doggoned old cooter?

    The Southerner | Thomas Dixon