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a dark gray aquatic bird; a foolish person: He’s just an old coot.
Not to be confused with:
cute – attractive in a dainty way; pleasingly pretty: a cute puppy; affectedly clever; precious: too old to be acting so unbearably cute
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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.]
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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]
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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]
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|Noun||1.||coot - 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
covert - a flock of coots
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coot[kuːt] n (Zool) → folaga
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