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great skua

noun
1.
See under skua (def 1).
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55

skua

[skyoo-uh] /ˈskyu ə/
noun
1.
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.
2.
British, jaeger (def 1).
Origin
1670-80; < Faeroese skū(g)vur; cognate with Old Norse skūfr tassel, tuft, also skua (in poetry), akin to shove1
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skua

/ˈskjuːə/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Faeroese skūgvur, from Old Norse skūfr
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skua

n.

type of predatory gull, 1670s, from Faeroese skugvur, related to Old Norse skufr "seagull, tuft, tassel," and possibly to skauf "fox's tail."

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