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The cooter is the terrapin, and a very expert boatman he is.

A “cooter” is a box-tortoise, and the noun is turned into a verb with an ease characteristic of the mountaineers.

WORD ORIGIN

name for some types of freshwater terrapin in southern U.S., 1835 (first attested 1827 in phrase drunk as a cooter, but this probably is a colloquial form of unrelated coot), from obsolete verb coot "to copulate" (1660s), of unknown origin. The turtle is said to copulate for two weeks at a stretch.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR COOTER

turtle

nounreptile
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