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scup

[ skuhp ]
/ skʌp /
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noun

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

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Origin of scup

First recorded in 1840–50, Americanism; short for earlier and dialectal scuppaug, skippaug, skapaug, from Narragansett (English spelling) mishcuppaûog, plural (singular mishcùp )
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British Dictionary definitions for scup

scup
/ (skʌp) /

noun

a common sparid fish, Stenotomus chrysops, of American coastal regions of the AtlanticAlso called: northern porgy
C19: from Narraganset mishcup, from mishe big + kuppe close together; from the form of the scales
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