Definition of skua in English:

skua

Syllabification: sku·a
Pronunciation: /ˈskyo͞oə
 
/

noun

  • 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.

Origin

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

More definitions of skua

Definition of skua in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
noun
a small amount; a little