Definition of pomarine skua in English:

pomarine skua

Line breaks: poma|rine skua
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒmərʌɪn
 
/

noun

  • A large Arctic-breeding skua, having dark brown plumage with (in some birds) pale underparts.
    • Stercorarius pomarinus, family Stercorariidae. North American name: pomarine jaeger
    More example sentences
    • At distances close to an owl, however, Steller's eider nesting success was much less dependent upon proximity to a pomarine jaeger, with successful nests occurring at distances up to 350 m from jaegers.
    • Thus, we contend that Steller's eiders choose when and where to nest because of various factors: chief among them is pomarine jaeger and snowy owl distribution, which is based on lemming abundance.
    • These distances were estimated either visually or by pacing in 1993; however, in 1996 and 1999, a GPS unit was used to record locations of pomarine jaeger nests.

Origin

mid 19th century: pomarine from French pomarin, from Greek pōma 'cover, lid' + rhis, rhin- 'nose' (because the bird's nostrils are partly covered by a cere).

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