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Coot   /kut/   Listen

Slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling ducks.

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"Coot" Quotes from Famous Books

... the street for possible eavesdroppers—"ef 'e was to 'ear on it, thot yoong Rawcliffe wouldn't be 'lowed t' putt 's nawse in at door agen. But theer—there's nawbody'd be thot crool an' spittiful fer to goa an' tall 'im. Our Assy wouldn't. She'd coot 'er toong out ...
— The Three Sisters • May Sinclair

... the Pacific. At Ascension, where there is no land-bird, a rail (Porphyrio simplex) was shot near the summit of the mountain, and it was evidently a solitary straggler. At Tristan d'Acunha, where, according to Carmichael, there are only two land-birds, there is a coot. From these facts I believe that the waders, after the innumerable web-footed species, are generally the first colonists of small isolated islands. I may add, that whenever I noticed birds, not of oceanic species, very far out at sea, they always belonged to this order; ...
— The Voyage of the Beagle • Charles Darwin

... dead in the middle of some act. Men are usually turned a dull purplish or greenish black. So was this little dog. We ate a delicious lunch on the battlements, our legs dangling 50 feet above the reedy water. Lots of moorhen and coot swimming about. ...
— Letters to Helen - Impressions of an Artist on the Western Front • Keith Henderson

Words linked to "Coot" :   rail, Fulica atra, mud hen, water hen, marsh hen, covert, genus Fulica, Fulica americana, Fulica

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