Definition of skua in English:


Syllabification: sku·a
Pronunciation: /ˈskyo͞oə


A large brownish predatory seabird related to the gulls, pursuing other birds to make them disgorge fish they have caught.
  • Family Stercorariidae: genera Catharacta (four larger species) and Stercorarius (three smaller species) . See also jaeger
More example sentences
  • The abundance of gulls, terns, skuas, guillemots and puffins has long been a prime tourist attraction, as well as of global wildlife significance.
  • If you are visiting Ocean City, take a birdwatching trip on a charter boat to see shearwaters, skuas, Wilson's storm-petrels, and Atlantic puffins.
  • Votier says he's seen a skua catch a bird and hold it underwater to drown it.


late 17th century: modern Latin, from Faroese skúvur, from Old Norse skufr (apparently imitative).

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