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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various birds, such as the coot or rail, inhabiting marshy or coastal regions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The clapper rail.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a coot found in North America

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