• WordNet 3.6
    • n Fulica coots
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fulica The typical genus of coots of the subfamily Fulicinæ and family Rallidæ. The body is depressed and shaped like a duck's, with thick underplumage; the feet are lobate; the toes are furnished with large flaps: the bill is stout, with the culmen running up on the forehead as a frontal shield; the head is not carunculate; the tail is short, cocked up, and is 12-feathered; the wings are short and rounded; the tibiæ are bare below; and the plumage is somber. There are about 10 species, of most parts of the world. The common European coot is Fulica atra; that of the United States is F. americana. (See coot.) The common American or cinereous coot, F. americana, is also called marsh-hen, meadow-hen, moorhen, mud-hen, pond-hen, splatterer, flusterer, pulldoo, peliak, sea-crow, crowbill, crow-duck, whitebill, henbill, blue *** mud-coot, shuffler, etc.
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In literature:

The common black coot (Fulica atra) has eggs which are coloured in a specially protective manner.
"Darwinism (1889)" by Alfred Russel Wallace
The birds continue the same: there is abundance of Fulica, swarms of waterfowl, herons, plovers, etc.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Fulicae cottae cootes in very great flocks upon the broad waters.
"The Works of Sir Thomas Browne" by Thomas Browne