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[skoh-ter] /ˈskoʊ tər/
noun, plural scoters (especially collectively) scoter.
any of the large diving ducks of the genus Melanitta, inhabiting northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
Also, scooter.
Origin of scoter
First recorded in 1665-75; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for scoter
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  • This scoter is an adept diver; in fact, almost all its food is obtained in that way.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • It closely resembles the American scoter, of which it is probably a variety.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • The Black scoter makes but a poor figure on aristocratic tables.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • The scoter flies well and rapidly, and is not unfrequently seen in the air, especially when in flocks.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The usual note of the scoter is a harsh kurr, modulated into a more 204 musical sound by the drake during the pairing season.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • This scoter is a late breeder, its eggs not being laid before the end of June, or even early in July.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The American scoter is entirely black without markings; base of bill yellow and orange.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • John shot a fine male of the scoter Duck, which is scarce here.

  • The coming of the scoter brought flush times, and in hard weather our takes were tremendous.

  • HE specimen we give of the American scoter is one of unusual rarity and beauty of plumage.

British Dictionary definitions for scoter


noun (pl) -ters, -ter
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
Word Origin
C17: origin unknown
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