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
A recent study reveals that a species of American bird known as the coot is capable of counting their clutch size, and can tell the difference between "parisitic" eggs and their own.
As a member of my own party, this old coot is nothing but a whiner, poser and good for nothing fake. gt
Breeding bird species include Palaearctic marsh birds such as coot Fulica atra and moorhen Gallinula chloropus, as well as a relict sub-species of Barbary partridge Alectoris barbara duprezii.
The "Lootenant" that is leading is a leery kind of coot -
Cheney made Mr. Potter look like a lovable old coot.
Happy birthday you old coot ... wait a minute I'm beginging to resemble that remark myself!
Or how does a penguin or a coot or a goose find a mating partner, even though the males are hardly distinguishable from the females?
"Besides, there are advantages to having your bedroom next to a deaf old coot."
I was packing heat and as that old coot in Texas can attest, I'm not afraid to use it.
Among the swayed is Ed Asner, who is no less easy to impress than Carl, the squat and stolid 78-year-old coot he speaks for in Up. I got the job and thought, 'OK, I'm going to do a voice-over in a big-time feature.'