a sparid food fish, Stenotomus chrysops, found along the Atlantic coast of the U.S., having a compressed body and high back.

1840–50, Americanism; short for earlier and dial. scuppaug, skippaug, skapaug < Narragansett (E spelling) mishcuppaûog, plural (singular mishcùp) Unabridged
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scup (skʌp)
Also called: northern porgy a common sparid fish, Stenotomus chrysops, of American coastal regions of the Atlantic
[C19: from Narraganset mishcup, from mishe big + kuppe close together; from the form of the scales]

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Scup depart our waters during fall, and they over-winter in deep waters along the edge of the continental shelf.
The fishery for scup with special reference to fluctuations in yield and their causes.
Scup age composition is now severely truncated and fisheries are increasingly dependent on juveniles.
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