scoter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scoter large black diving duck of northern parts of the northern hemisphere
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scoter (Zoöl) Any one of several species of northern sea ducks of the genus Oidemia.☞ 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scoter A large sea-duck of the genus Œdemia, belonging to the subfamily Fuligulinæ, having in the male the plumage black and a red gibbosity of the bill, as Œdemia nigra of Europe. The corresponding American species is Œ. americana. The name is extended to the velvet or white-winged scoter, Œ. fusca or Œ. velvetina, and to the surf-scoter, Œ. perspicillata. In the United States all three species are commonly called coot, or sea-coot, with various qualifying terms and some very fanciful names. See Œdemia, and cut under Pelionetta.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scoter skō′tėr a genus of northern sea-ducks, with bill gibbous at the base.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Prov. E. scote, to plow up
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Ice. skotiskjóta, to shoot.

Usage

In literature:

Butterballs and scoters paddled up at his approach.
"The Blazed Trail" by Stewart Edward White
I can hear only the cry of the sea birds, gulls and scoters, who are abandoning themselves to the caprices of the wind.
"The Adventures of a Special Correspondent" by Jules Verne
The Common Scoter is included in Professor Ansted's list, and marked only as occurring in Guernsey.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
The North Shore people have drowned myriads of moulting scoters in August; but they use the meat.
"Animal Sanctuaries in Labrador" by William Wood
The American Scoter is entirely black without markings; base of bill yellow and orange.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
The specimen we give of the American Scoter is one of unusual rarity and beauty of plumage.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography [July 1897]" by Various
The ducks of the sorts known as old squaws, scoters and eiders fly under water.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
The two preserved specimens from Kansas supposedly of this species are actually Surf Scoters.
"Check-list of the Birds of Kansas" by Harrison B Tordoff
SCOTER-DUCK, black, sexual difference in coloration of the, ii.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
The coming of the scoter brought flush times, and in hard weather our takes were tremendous.
"The Confessions of a Poacher" by Anonymous
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In news:

At the 2012 Ski Areas of New York annual expo held at the Hope Lake Lodge/Greek Peak Ski Area and attended by over 375 ski industry professional the Ski Areas of New York Hall of Fame Award was presented to Jack Van Scoter .
Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov 1 and 2, Loie Evans identified an immature surf scoter on Evergreen Lake.
"We also celebrate the bard 's birthday in April," Van Scoter said.
Sea ducks called Surf Scoters and Black Scoters.
Male surf scoters are entirely black with a white patch on the forehead and a larger white triangle on the nape.
View full size Jerry Talkington, Special to The PD Rafts of diving sea ducks, such as this surf scoter, are being seen at Fairport Harbor and throughout Lake Erie.
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