One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American river turtle with a dull brown shell and typically having yellow stripes on the head.
Genus Pseudemys, family Emydidae: several species, in particular P. concinna, some races of which are known as sliders
- ‘Near the bank a large basking turtle - possibly a Suwannee cooter - splashes from a snag, giving me only a glimpse of its carapace as it sinks into the tannin-stained flow.’
Early 19th century: of unknown origin.
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