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cooter

[ koo-ter ]
/ ˈku tər /
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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

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