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1. (Animals) another name for cotter21
2. (Historical Terms) (in Ireland) a peasant farming a smallholding under cottier tenure (the holding of not more than half an acre at a rent of not more than five pounds a year)
3. another name for cottager1
[C14: from Old French cotier; see cote1, coterie]
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