raft duck
Scaup Scaup (sk[add]p), n. [See {Scalp} a bed of oysters or mussels.] 1. A bed or stratum of shellfish; scalp. [Scot.] [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A scaup duck. See below. [1913 Webster]

{Scaup duck} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of northern ducks of the genus {Aythya}, or {Fuligula}. The adult males are, in large part, black. The three North American species are: the greater scaup duck ({Aythya marila}, var. nearctica), called also {broadbill}, {bluebill}, {blackhead}, {flock duck}, {flocking fowl}, and {raft duck}; the lesser scaup duck ({A. affinis}), called also {little bluebill}, {river broadbill}, and {shuffler}; the tufted, or ring-necked, scaup duck ({A. collaris}), called also {black jack}, {ringneck}, {ringbill}, {ringbill shuffler}, etc. See Illust. of {Ring-necked duck}, under {Ring-necked}. The common European scaup, or mussel, duck ({A. marila}), closely resembles the American variety. [1913 Webster]


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  • Raft duck — Raft Raft, n. [Originally, a rafter, spar, and fr. Icel. raptr a rafter; akin to Dan. raft, Prov. G. raff a rafter, spar; cf. OHG. r[=a]fo, r[=a]vo, a beam, rafter, Icel. r[=a]f roof. Cf. {Rafter}, n.] 1. A collection of logs, boards, pieces of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • raft duck — Broadbill Broad bill , n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A wild duck ({Aythya marila}, or {Fuligula marila}), which appears in large numbers on the eastern coast of the United States, in autumn; called also {bluebill}, {blackhead}, {raft duck}, and {scaup duck}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • raft duck — noun Etymology: raft (II); from its swimming in dense flocks 1. : scaup duck 2. : redhead 2b …   Useful english dictionary

  • Raft — Raft, n. [Originally, a rafter, spar, and fr. Icel. raptr a rafter; akin to Dan. raft, Prov. G. raff a rafter, spar; cf. OHG. r[=a]fo, r[=a]vo, a beam, rafter, Icel. r[=a]f roof. Cf. {Rafter}, n.] 1. A collection of logs, boards, pieces of timber …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Raft bridge — Raft Raft, n. [Originally, a rafter, spar, and fr. Icel. raptr a rafter; akin to Dan. raft, Prov. G. raff a rafter, spar; cf. OHG. r[=a]fo, r[=a]vo, a beam, rafter, Icel. r[=a]f roof. Cf. {Rafter}, n.] 1. A collection of logs, boards, pieces of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Raft port — Raft Raft, n. [Originally, a rafter, spar, and fr. Icel. raptr a rafter; akin to Dan. raft, Prov. G. raff a rafter, spar; cf. OHG. r[=a]fo, r[=a]vo, a beam, rafter, Icel. r[=a]f roof. Cf. {Rafter}, n.] 1. A collection of logs, boards, pieces of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flock duck — Raft Raft, n. [Originally, a rafter, spar, and fr. Icel. raptr a rafter; akin to Dan. raft, Prov. G. raff a rafter, spar; cf. OHG. r[=a]fo, r[=a]vo, a beam, rafter, Icel. r[=a]f roof. Cf. {Rafter}, n.] 1. A collection of logs, boards, pieces of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flock duck — Scaup Scaup (sk[add]p), n. [See {Scalp} a bed of oysters or mussels.] 1. A bed or stratum of shellfish; scalp. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A scaup duck. See below. [1913 Webster] {Scaup duck} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of several species of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scaup duck — Scaup Scaup (sk[add]p), n. [See {Scalp} a bed of oysters or mussels.] 1. A bed or stratum of shellfish; scalp. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A scaup duck. See below. [1913 Webster] {Scaup duck} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of several species of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scaup duck — Broadbill Broad bill , n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A wild duck ({Aythya marila}, or {Fuligula marila}), which appears in large numbers on the eastern coast of the United States, in autumn; called also {bluebill}, {blackhead}, {raft duck}, and {scaup duck}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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