One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shelter for mammals or birds, especially pigeons.
- ‘The cotes are the subject of constant campaigning and the standards have risen across the board.’
- ‘Last week Town Council members decided to look into providing one or two pigeon cotes around the town.’
- ‘My neighbour lived on the terrace of his building, in a single room surrounded by cotes for his pigeons.’
- ‘Now the council is looking at introducing pigeon cotes in the town centre, in which the birds will be encouraged to feed and lay eggs, which can then be removed to keep numbers down.’
Old English (in the sense ‘cottage’), of Germanic origin; related to cot.
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