from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several dark-gray aquatic birds of the genus Fulica of North America and Europe, having a black head and neck, lobed toes, and a white bill.
- n. See scoter.
- n. Informal An eccentric or crotchety person, especially an eccentric old man.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various aquatic birds of the genus Fulica that are mainly black with a prominent frontal shield on the forehead.
- n. A stupid fellow; a simpleton
- n. A success; something excellent.
- n. Body louse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wading bird with lobate toes, of the genus Fulica. The common European or bald coot is Fulica atra (see under bald); the American is Fulica Americana
- n. The surf duck or scoter. In the United States all the species of (Œdemia are called coots. See scoter.
- n. A stupid fellow; a simpleton.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lobiped grallatorial and natatorial bird, of the genus Fulica and family Rallidæ, having the toes broadly lobate, the culmen of the bill extended on the front as a boss or casque, short wings, a very short, cocked-up tail, or bobtail, and thick and duck-like plumage on the under surface of the body.
- n. The foolish guillemot, Lomviatroile.
- n. A scoter; one of the large black sea-ducks of the genera (Edemia, Pelionetta, and Melanetta.
- n. A simpleton; a silly fellow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling ducks
Middle English coote, possibly from Middle Dutch coet.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)