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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
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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
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C17: origin unknown
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