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noun coo·ter \ˈkü-tər also ˈku̇-tə\

Definition of cooter

chiefly Southern

  1. :  any of several freshwater turtles (genus Pseudemys syn. Chrysemys, especially P. concinna) especially of the southern and eastern United States

Origin and Etymology of cooter

of African origin; akin to Bambara & Malinke kuta turtle

First Known Use: 1832

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