coulter

noun
coul·​ter | \ˈkōl-tər \

Definition of coulter 

: a cutting tool (such as a knife or sharp disc) that is attached to the beam of a plow, makes a vertical cut in the surface, and permits clean separation and effective covering of the soil and materials being turned under

First Known Use of coulter

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coulter

Middle English colter, from Old English culter & Old French coltre, both from Latin culter plowshare; akin to Greek skallein to hoe — more at shell

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