Definition of skua in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskjuːə/


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, North American name: jaeger).
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).

Words that rhyme with skua

Amur, brewer, chewer, Dewar, doer, ewer, hewer, Kahlua, lassoer, Nuer, pursuer, renewer, screwer, sewer, skewer, spewer, strewer, suer, tattooer, viewer, who're, wooer

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