Definition of scup in English:

scup

Syllabification: scup
Pronunciation: /skəp
 
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noun (plural same)

  • A common porgy with faint dark vertical bars, occurring off the coasts of the northwestern Atlantic.
    • Stenotomus chrysops, family Sparidae
    More example sentences
    • PIV analysis of boundary layer flow shows increased shear rates of 3.6 for swimming smooth dogfish and 1.5 to 1.9 for scup compared to a rigid reference.
    • This was shortened by the early settlers in New England to scuppaug; and afterwards to scup, a better name than porgy (or paugy, as it used to be spelled at New York), and one still in use as a common name.
    • When the first federal fish commissioner tried in 1871 to resolve a conflict in New England over declining scup stocks, the states were ill-equipped to deal with the issue and the commissioner gave up.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Narragansett mishcup.

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