noun (plural bonxies)Scottish
The great skua (seabird).
- We followed a faint path south, passing a small loch below Sidhean Beag where bonxies were creating turmoil amongst the oystercatcher nests.
- Although the numerous seabirds that surround it in spring are great too watch, be aware of the great skuas, or ‘bonxies’.
- The great skuas, known locally as bonxies, which live by stealing fish from smaller birds, are displaying disturbing behavioural changes.
Late 18th century: from Norwegian bunksi, from bunke 'dumpy body'.
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