Share this entry

Share this page

scup

Syllabification: scup
Pronunciation: /skəp
 
/

Definition of scup in English:

noun (plural same)

A common porgy with faint dark vertical bars, occurring off the coasts of the northwestern Atlantic.
  • Stenotomus chrysops, family Sparidae
Example sentences
  • PIV analysis of boundary layer flow shows increased shear rates of 3.6 for swimming smooth dogfish and 1.5 to 1.9 for scup compared to a rigid reference.
  • This was shortened by the early settlers in New England to scuppaug; and afterwards to scup, a better name than porgy (or paugy, as it used to be spelled at New York), and one still in use as a common name.
  • When the first federal fish commissioner tried in 1871 to resolve a conflict in New England over declining scup stocks, the states were ill-equipped to deal with the issue and the commissioner gave up.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Narragansett mishcup.

Definition of scup in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈSHpräkɡəˌf(y)o͞ol
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…