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scaup

[skawp] /skɔp/
noun
1.
any of several diving ducks of the genus Aythya, especially A. marila (greater scaup) of the Northern Hemisphere, having a bluish-gray bill.
Also called scaup duck.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; by ellipsis from scaup duck, probably with Scots, N dial. scaup, scalp mussel bed (of uncertain origin)
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Examples from the web for scaup
  • Testing competing hypotheses for chronology and intensity of lesser scaup molt during winter and spring migration.
  • In flight, the dark wings are different from the white-edged wings of scaup.
  • Individual scaup will be identified with colored bill markers.
British Dictionary definitions for scaup

scaup

/skɔːp/
noun
1.
either of two diving ducks, Aythya marila (greater scaup) or A. affinis (lesser scaup), of Europe and America, having a black-and-white plumage in the male Also called (US) bluebill, broadbill
Word Origin
C16: Scot variant of scalp
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