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[skawp] /skɔp/
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 of scaup
1665-75; by ellipsis from scaup duck, probably with Scots, N dial. scaup, scalp mussel bed (of uncertain origin) Unabridged
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  • In some old charts, particularly by the Dutch, whose name for a headland is kappe, it is also called skape and scaup.

  • Another of the sea-ducks, the scaup, is also taken in large numbers in this way.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • These ducks are perhaps better known as Blue-bills, than as scaup Ducks.

    Bird Guide Chester A. Reed
  • In flight, the dark wings are different from the white-edged wings of scaup.

    Ducks at a Distance Robert W. Hines
  • The scaup is so called from its feeding on 'scaup', a northern word for a bed of shellfish.

  • scaup Ducks begin to arrive off our more northern coasts in September, but not until a month later in the south.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The scaup came down the sky in dark masses, giving a rippling purr as they flew.

    Wild Folk Samuel Scoville
  • The food of the scaup Duck consists largely of molluscs, but crustaceans and marine plants are also eaten by this species.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • All of the first three species are abundant, as are also the scaup, baldpate, redhead and Bahaman pintail.

    Haiti J. Dryden Kuser
  • In its habits generally, it very closely resembles the scaup Duck, a species whose company it often keeps.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for scaup


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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