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

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.

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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,, "FWC investigating deaths of 100 turtles along St. Johns River," 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,, "An island fund-raiser, a low-vision support group, and helping the turkey count," 15 June 2018 There are native red belly and peninsula cooter turtles, exotic red-eared sliders and enormous softshell turtles. Kevin Spear,, "Lake Eola turtles need sunbathing perches, says club's petition," 10 May 2018 Cooter often puts the Lions in straightforward, static formations. Andy Benoit,, "Detroit Lions: 10 Things You Need to Know," 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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