Etymology
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coot (n.)

late 14c., cote, used for various diving water fowl (now limited to Fulica atra and, in North America, F. americana), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from an unrecorded Old English word, or perhaps from Low German (compare Dutch meercoet "lake coot"). Meaning "silly person, fool" is attested from 1766.

updated on March 30, 2018

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Definitions of coot from WordNet

coot (n.)
slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling ducks;
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