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scup

[skuhp] /skʌp/
noun
1.
a sparid food fish, Stenotomus chrysops, found along the Atlantic coast of the U.S., having a compressed body and high back.
Origin of scup
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; short for earlier and dial. scuppaug, skippaug, skapaug < Narragansett (E spelling) mishcuppaûog, plural (singular mishcùp)
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  • The soles when they came proved to be nice little pan-fish, not unlike what in New England are called "scup."

    What Katy Did Next Susan Coolidge
  • What'll you give me if I'll make you a scup one of these days?

    The Wide, Wide World Susan Warner
  • Eastward he swims as "scup," while at the Manhattan end of the Sound he is fried as "porgie."

  • I'll show you the scup in a few minutes, as soon as I finish this job I'm about.

    Bessie at the Sea-Side Joanna Mathews
  • I had seen plenty of city people at scup Haven, and my few dresses, I fancied, would pass muster anywhere.

    Witch Winnie Elizabeth W. Champney
  • They are surface feeders, and swim in large schools in quest of menhaden, scup, and other small fishes.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • Well now, come, I'll make a bargain with you; I'll engage to fix up a scup for you if you'll give me a kiss.

    The Wide, Wide World Susan Warner
  • The street boys of our day and early home were wont to term the hetairai of the public walks "scup."

  • One of them had declared that he had the "highest old swing," in that "scup," ever taken by mortal, and a good many believed him.

    The Coward Henry Morford
  • Blackfish (tautog) and scup, or scuppaug, are much esteemed.

British Dictionary definitions for scup

scup

/skʌp/
noun
1.
a common sparid fish, Stenotomus chrysops, of American coastal regions of the Atlantic Also called northern porgy
Word Origin
C19: from Narraganset mishcup, from mishe big + kuppe close together; from the form of the scales
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