Also called bonxie. any of several large brown gull-like predatory birds of the genus Catharacta, related to jaegers, especially C. skua (great skua) of colder waters of both northern and southern seas.
British, jaeger ( def 1 ).

1670–80; < Faeroese skū(g)vur; cognate with Old Norse skūfr tassel, tuft, also skua (in poetry), akin to shove1 Unabridged
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skua (ˈskjuːə)
any predatory gull-like bird of the family Stercorariidae, such as the great skua or bonxie (Stercorarius skua) or arctic skua (S. parasiticus) both of which harass terns or gulls into dropping or disgorging fish they have caught
[C17: from New Latin, from Faeroese skūgvur, from Old Norse skūfr]

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Word Origin & History

"predatory gull," 1678, from Faeroese skugvur, related to O.N. skufr "seagull, tuft, tassel," and possibly to skauf "fox's tail."
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Example sentences
Preying skuas above the penguin colony, penguin attacking skua.
The use of great skua pellets as indicators of plastic pollution in seabirds.
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