browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
coot

more about coot

coot


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Coot  \Coot\  (k[=oo]t),  n.  [Cf.  D.  koet,  W.  cwtair  cwta  short, 
  bodtailed  +  iar  hen;  cf  cwtau  to  dock.  Cf  {Cut}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  A  wading  bird  with  lobate  toes,  of  the  genus  {Fulica}. 
  The  common  European  or  bald  coot  is  {F.  atra}  (see 
  under  {bald});  the  American  is  {F.  Americana}. 
  b  The  surf  duck  or  scoter.  In  the  United  States  all  the 
  species  of  ({[OE]demia}  are  called  coots.  See 
  {Scoter}.  ``As  simple  as  a  coot.''  --Halliwell. 
 
  2.  A  stupid  fellow;  a  simpleton;  as  a  silly  coot.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  coot 
  n  :  slaty-black  slow-flying  birds  somewhat  resembling  ducks 




more about coot