scup

[ skuhp ]
/ skʌp /

noun

a sparid food fish, Stenotomus chrysops, found along the Atlantic coast of the U.S., having a compressed body and high back.

Origin of scup

1840–50, Americanism; short for earlier and dial. scuppaug, skippaug, skapaug < Narragansett (E spelling) mishcuppaûog, plural (singular mishcùp)
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scup
/ (skʌp) /

noun

a common sparid fish, Stenotomus chrysops, of American coastal regions of the AtlanticAlso called: northern porgy

Word Origin for scup

C19: from Narraganset mishcup, from mishe big + kuppe close together; from the form of the scales
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