- any of the large diving ducks of the genus Melanitta, inhabiting northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
Origin of scoter
First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for scoter
This Scoter is an adept diver; in fact, almost all its food is obtained in that way.
The Black Scoter makes but a poor figure on aristocratic tables.
It closely resembles the American Scoter, of which it is probably a variety.
The usual note of the Scoter is a harsh kurr, modulated into a more 204 musical sound by the drake during the pairing season.
The Scoter flies well and rapidly, and is not unfrequently seen in the air, especially when in flocks.
- any sea duck of the genus Melanitta, such as M. nigra (common scoter), of northern regions. The male plumage is black with white patches around the head and eyes
C17: origin unknown
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