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coot

 (ko͞ot)
n.
1. Any of several waterbirds of the widely distributed genus Fulica, having dark-gray plumage, a black head and neck, and often a white bill.
2. See scoter.
3. Derogatory An eccentric or crotchety person, especially an old man.

[Middle English cote, from Middle Dutch kuut, koet, of unknown origin.]

coot

(kuːt)
n
1. (Animals) any aquatic bird of the genus Fulica, esp F. atra of Europe and Asia, having lobed toes, dark plumage, and a white bill with a frontal shield: family Rallidae (rails, crakes, etc)
2. a foolish person, esp an old man (often in the phrase old coot)
[C14: probably from Low German; compare Dutch koet]

coot

(kut)

n.
1. any aquatic rail of the genus Fulica, as F. americana, of North America, and F. atra, of the Old World, characterized by lobate toes.
2. any of various other swimming or diving birds, esp. the scoters.
3. Informal. a foolish or crotchety person, esp. one who is old.
[1250–1300; Middle English cote; akin to Dutch koet]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coot - slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling duckscoot - slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling ducks
rail - any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
American coot, Fulica americana, marsh hen, mud hen, water hen - a coot found in North America
Fulica atra, Old World coot - a coot found in Eurasia
covert - a flock of coots

coot

noun
Related words
collective noun covert
Translations
focha común

coot

[kuːt] N
1. (Orn) → focha f (común), fúlica f
2. (= fool) → bobo/a m/f

coot

[ˈkuːt] n (= bird) → foulque fco-ownership [ˌkəʊˈəʊnərʃɪp] ncopropriété f

coot

nWasserhuhn nt; bald as a cootvöllig kahl; to be as bald as a cooteine Platte haben (inf)

coot

[kuːt] n (Zool) → folaga
References in classic literature ?
I stood forninst him, an' 'twas not me oi alone that cud tell Peg was dhrunk as a coot.
Can't you imagine him--bald as a coot, with a pair of sponge-bag trousers, a little spotted tie, and a corporation?
Hoold 'em toight,' cried the guard, 'while ar coot treaces.
At Tristan d'Acunha, where, according to Carmichael, there are only two land-birds, there is a coot.
On the other hand, grebes and coots are eminently aquatic, although their toes are only bordered by membrane.
I kept quiet 'til the last coot was retrieved to hand and walked to the edge of the canal to congratulate Stone.
Balloons surround the nesting coot on a Cardiff canal
When parasitic chicks arrived at a nest before native chicks, coot parents discriminated against their own young.
It is unknown whether any of these cases of parasitism were successful, although coot chicks are dependent on their parents for food and typically perish without their assistance (Brisbin et al.
That's pretty amazing for a stupid bird like the coot," expert Bruce Lyon said in the journal Nature.
Officials also observed aberrant neurologic signs in the wintering population of American coots (Fulica americana) at the lake.
It's a little disappointing,'' said Coot of her store's imminent closure.