American coot

noun

Definition of American coot

: a common American marsh bird (Fulica americana) having the bill, edge of wings, and upper tail coverts white, the rest of the plumage slaty and darker on the back than below

called also blue peter, mudhen

— compare coot sense 1

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First Known Use of American coot

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“American coot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20coot. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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