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cooter

[koo-ter] /ˈku tər/
noun
1.
Chiefly Southern U.S. any of several large aquatic turtles of the southern U.S. and northern Mexico.
Origin
1820-1830
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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n.

name for some types of freshwater terrapin in southern U.S., 1835 (first attested 1827 in phrase drunk as a cooter, but this probably is a colloquial form of unrelated coot), from obsolete verb coot "to copulate" (1660s), of unknown origin. The turtle is said to copulate for two weeks at a stretch.

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