scoter

[ skoh-ter ]
/ ˈskoʊ tər /

noun, plural sco·ters, (especially collectively) sco·ter.

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
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scoter
/ (ˈskəʊtə) /

noun plural -ters or -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 for scoter

C17: origin unknown
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