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skua

[ skyoo-uh ]
/ ˈskyu ə /
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noun

Also called bonxie. any of several large brown gull-like predatory birds of the genus Catharacta, related to jaegers, especially C. skua(great skua ), of colder waters of both northern and southern seas.
British. jaeger (def. 1).

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Origin of skua

1670–80; <Faeroese skū(g)vur; cognate with Old Norse skūfrtassel, tuft, also skua (in poetry), akin toshove1
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British Dictionary definitions for skua

skua
/ (ˈskjuːə) /

noun

any predatory gull-like bird of the family Stercorariidae, such as the great skua or bonxie (Stercorarius skua) or arctic skua (S. parasiticus) both of which harass terns or gulls into dropping or disgorging fish they have caught
C17: from New Latin, from Faeroese skūgvur, from Old Norse skūfr
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