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scoter

[skoh-ter]
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noun, plural sco·ters, (especially collectively) sco·ter.
  1. any of the large diving ducks of the genus Melanitta, inhabiting northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
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Also scooter.

Origin of scoter

First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for scoter

Historical Examples

  • This Scoter is an adept diver; in fact, almost all its food is obtained in that way.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon

  • The Black Scoter makes but a poor figure on aristocratic tables.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • It closely resembles the American Scoter, of which it is probably a variety.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • 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

  • The Scoter flies well and rapidly, and is not unfrequently seen in the air, especially when in flocks.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon


British Dictionary definitions for scoter

scoter

noun plural -ters or -ter
  1. 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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Word Origin

C17: origin unknown
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