scoter

scoter

[skoh-ter]
noun, plural scoters (especially collectively) scoter.
any of the large diving ducks of the genus Melanitta, inhabiting northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
Also, scooter.


Origin:
1665–75; origin uncertain

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scoter (ˈskəʊtə)
 
n , pl -ters, -ter
any sea duck of the genus Melanitta, such as M. nigra (common scoter), of northern regions. The male plumage is black with white patches around the head and eyes
 
[C17: origin unknown]

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