scaup duck

noun
diving ducks of North America having a bluish-grey bill
Syn: ↑scaup, ↑bluebill, ↑broadbill
Hypernyms: ↑duck
Member Holonyms: ↑Aythya, ↑genus Aythya

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\\ˈskȯp-\ noun or scaup (plural scaup or scaups)
Etymology: scaup, perhaps alteration of scalp (I); from its fondness for shellfish
: any of several ducks of the genus Aythya: as

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scaup duck «skp»,
either of two broad-billed wild diving ducks related to the canvasback. The males have glossy black heads and neck.
[perhaps variant of dialectal scalp bank that provides a bed for shellfish]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • 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

  • scaup duck — n. diving duck of North America which has a bluish gray beak …   English contemporary dictionary

  • scaup-duck — …   Useful english dictionary

  • lesser scaup duck — noun common scaup of North America; males have purplish heads • Syn: ↑lesser scaup, ↑lake duck, ↑Aythya affinis • Hypernyms: ↑scaup, ↑scaup duck, ↑bluebill, ↑broadbill * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • greater scaup duck — noun see greater scaup * * * greater scaup duck, a freshwater diving duck of North America, about 20 inches long. The males have glossy black foreparts that give off a greenish luster, and the remaining parts are white marked with black …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scaup — [skôp] n. pl. scaups or scaup [obs. var. of scalp, mussel bed: prob. so named from eating habits] any of several wild ducks of the same genus (Aythya) as the redhead, canvasback, etc.: also scaup duck …   English World dictionary

  • scaup — /skawp/, n. any of several diving ducks of the genus Aythya, esp. A. marila (greater scaup), of the Northern Hemisphere, having a bluish gray bill. Also called scaup duck. [1665 75; by ellipsis from scaup duck, prob. with Scots, N dial. scaup,… …   Universalium

  • Scaup poachard — Poachard Poach ard (p[=o]ch [ e]rd), n. [From {Poach} to stab.] [Written also {pocard}, {pochard}.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A common European duck ({Aythya ferina}); called also {goldhead}, {poker}, and {fresh water widgeon}, or {red headed widgeon}. (b)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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