Definition of scoter in English:

scoter

Line breaks: sco¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈskəʊtə
 
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noun (plural same or scoters)

  • A northern diving duck that winters off the coast, the male of which has mainly black plumage.
    • Genus Melanitta, family Anatidae: three species
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    • Sea ducks like scoters and eiders are also divers.
    • Below we report the geographic distribution of long-tailed ducks, eiders, scoters, glaucous gulls, and Pacific loons with respect to month and ice cover.
    • The Red-Breasted Merganser is also a bold world traveler, plying icy waters where usually only scoters and eiders dare to tread.

Origin

late 17th century: perhaps an error for sooter (with reference to its black plumage).

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