American coot

noun
a coot found in North America
Hypernyms: ↑coot
Member Holonyms: ↑Fulica, ↑genus Fulica

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noun
Usage: usually capitalized A
: a common American marsh bird (Fulica americana) having the bill, edge of wings, and upper tail coverts white, the rest of the plumage slaty and darker on the back than below — called also blue peter, mudhen; compare coot 1

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