cooter

noun
coo·​ter | \ ˈkü-tər How to pronounce cooter (audio) also ˈku̇-tə \

Definition of cooter

chiefly Southern
: any of several freshwater turtles (genus Pseudemys synonym Chrysemys, especially P. concinna) especially of the southern and eastern U.S.

Examples of cooter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are native red belly and peninsula cooter turtles, exotic red-eared sliders and enormous softshell turtles. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, 10 May 2018 Most of the dead animals are Florida softshell turtles; however, a few river cooters, olive or brown turtles with yellow stripes on their heads and necks, have also been found dead. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, 30 May 2018 The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has released 53 northern red-bellied cooters, a turtle species, into the wild at the Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area in Hanson. Zipporah Osei And Julia Preszler, BostonGlobe.com, 15 June 2018 There are native red belly and peninsula cooter turtles, exotic red-eared sliders and enormous softshell turtles. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, 10 May 2018 Cooter often puts the Lions in straightforward, static formations. Andy Benoit, SI.com, 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of cooter

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cooter

of African origin; akin to Bambara & Malinke kuta turtle

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“Cooter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cooter. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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