cot•terPronunciation: (kot'ur), [key] Mach.
a pin, wedge, key, or the like, fitted or driven into an opening to secure something or hold parts together.
See cotter pin.
to secure with a cotter.
cot•terPronunciation: (kot'ur), [key]
a person occupying a plot of land and cottage, paid for in services.
cottager (def. 2).
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