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scaup

[skawp] /skɔp/
noun
1.
any of several diving ducks of the genus Aythya, especially A. marila (greater scaup) of the Northern Hemisphere, having a bluish-gray bill.
Also called scaup duck.
Origin of scaup
1665-1675
1665-75; by ellipsis from scaup duck, probably with Scots, N dial. scaup, scalp mussel bed (of uncertain origin)
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Examples from the Web for scaup
Historical Examples
  • Another of the sea-ducks, the scaup, is also taken in large numbers in this way.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • These ducks are perhaps better known as Blue-bills, than as scaup Ducks.

    Bird Guide Chester A. Reed
  • In flight, the dark wings are different from the white-edged wings of scaup.

    Ducks at a Distance

    Robert W. Hines
  • The scaup came down the sky in dark masses, giving a rippling purr as they flew.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville
  • scaup Ducks begin to arrive off our more northern coasts in September, but not until a month later in the south.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The food of the scaup Duck consists largely of molluscs, but crustaceans and marine plants are also eaten by this species.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • In its habits generally, it very closely resembles the scaup Duck, a species whose company it often keeps.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • In some old charts, particularly by the Dutch, whose name for a headland is kappe, it is also called skape and scaup.

  • The scaup Duck arrives at its Arctic breeding-grounds with the break-up of the ice.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The scaup Duck is very abundant in Holland during winter, covering the inland seas with immense flocks.

British Dictionary definitions for scaup

scaup

/skɔːp/
noun
1.
either of two diving ducks, Aythya marila (greater scaup) or A. affinis (lesser scaup), of Europe and America, having a black-and-white plumage in the male Also called (US) bluebill, broadbill
Word Origin
C16: Scot variant of scalp
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