Scoter
Scoter Sco"ter, n. [Cf. Prov. E. scote to plow up.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of northern sea ducks of the genus {Oidemia}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The European scoters are {Oidemia nigra}, called also {black duck}, {black diver}, {surf duck}; and the velvet, or double, scoter ({O. fusca}). The common American species are the velvet, or white-winged, scoter ({O. Deglandi}), called also {velvet duck}, {white-wing}, {bull coot}, {white-winged coot}; the black scoter ({O. Americana}), called also {black coot}, {butterbill}, {coppernose}; and the surf scoter, or surf duck ({O. perspicillata}), called also {baldpate}, {skunkhead}, {horsehead}, {patchhead}, {pishaug}, and spectacled coot. These birds are collectively called also {coots}. The females and young are called gray coots, and brown coots. [1913 Webster]


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  • scoter — /skoh teuhr/, n., pl. scoters, (esp. collectively) scoter. any of the large diving ducks of the genus Melanitta, inhabiting northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere. Also, scooter. [1665 75; orig. uncert.] * * * or sea coot Any of three species… …   Universalium

  • Scoter — For U.S. Navy ships named Scoter, see USS Scoter. Scoters Adult male White winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • scoter — noun (plural scoters or scoter) Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1674 any of a genus (Melanitta) of sea ducks of chiefly coastal Eurasia, Canada, and the United States that have males with chiefly black plumage …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • scoter — noun /ˈskəʊtə/lang=en Any one of several species of northern sea ducks of the genera Oidemia and Melanitta. When I went birdwatching, I saw lots of scoters …   Wiktionary

  • scoter — n. (Zoology) large sea duck native of north coasts of the northern hemisphere (drake has black feathers with white spots and the female is brown) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • scoter — [ skəʊtə] noun (plural same or scoters) a northern diving duck that winters off the coast, the male of which has mainly black plumage. [Genus Melanitta: three species.] Origin C17: perh. an error for sooter (with ref. to its black plumage) …   English new terms dictionary

  • scoter — sco·ter …   English syllables

  • scoter — sco•ter [[t]ˈskoʊ tər[/t]] n. pl. ters, (esp. collectively) ter. orn any of the large diving ducks of the genus Melanitta, inhabiting N parts of the Northern Hemisphere • Etymology: 1665–75; orig. uncert …   From formal English to slang

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