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[skuhp] /skʌp/
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
1840-50, Americanism; short for earlier and dial. scuppaug, skippaug, skapaug < Narragansett (E spelling) mishcuppaûog, plural (singular mishcùp) Unabridged
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for scup


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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