- See under scaup.
- any of several diving ducks of the genus Aythya, especially A. marila (greater scaup), of the Northern Hemisphere, having a bluish-gray bill.
Origin of scaup
1665–75; by ellipsis from scaup duck, probably with Scots, N dial. scaup, scalp mussel bed (of uncertain origin)
Also called scaup duck.
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- 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 maleAlso called (US): bluebill, broadbill
C16: Scot variant of scalp