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.
Origin of scoter
First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for scoter
Historical Examples of scoter
This Scoter is an adept diver; in fact, almost all its food is obtained in that way.
The Black Scoter makes but a poor figure on aristocratic tables.
It closely resembles the American Scoter, of which it is probably a variety.
The usual note of the Scoter is a harsh kurr, modulated into a more 204 musical sound by the drake during the pairing season.
The Scoter flies well and rapidly, and is not unfrequently seen in the air, especially when in flocks.
British Dictionary definitions for scoter
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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