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scaup

[ skawp ]
/ skɔp /
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noun

any of several diving ducks of the genus Aythya, especially A. marila(greater scaup ), of the Northern Hemisphere, having a bluish-gray bill.

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Also called scaup duck .

Origin of scaup

1665–75; by ellipsis from scaup duck, probably with Scots, N dial. scaup, scalp mussel bed (of uncertain origin)
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scaup

scaup duck

/ (skɔːp) /

noun

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

Word Origin for scaup

C16: Scot variant of scalp
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