Definition of Scoter

1. Noun. Large black diving duck of northern parts of the northern hemisphere.

Exact synonyms: Scooter
Generic synonyms: Sea Duck
Group relationships: Genus Melanitta, Melanitta
Specialized synonyms: Common Scoter, Melanitta Nigra

Definition of Scoter

1. n. Any one of several species of northern sea ducks of the genus Oidemia.

Definition of Scoter

1. Noun. Any one of several species of northern sea ducks of the genera ''Oidemia'' and ''Melanitta''. ¹

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Definition of Scoter

1. a sea duck [n -S]

Medical Definition of Scoter

1. Any one of several species of northern sea ducks of the genus Oidemia. The European scoters are Oidemia nigra, called also black duck, black diver, surf duck; and the velvet, or double, scoter (O. Fusca). The common American species are the velvet, or white-winged, scoter (O. Deglandi), called also velvet duck, white-wing, bull coot, white-winged coot; the black scoter (O. Americana), called also black coot, butterbill, coppernose; and the surf scoter, or surf duck (O. Perspicillata), called also baldpate, skunkhead, horsehead, patchhead, pishaug, and spectacled coot. These birds are collectively called also coots. The females and young are called gray coots, and brown coots. Origin: Cf. Prov. E. Scote to plow up. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Scoter

scot and lot
scot free
scotch argus
scotch arguses
scotch bonnet
scotch bonnets
scoter (current term)

Literary usage of Scoter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Birds of America by John James] [Audubon (1843)
"The American scoter ranges along the whole coast of our Atlantic States, ... It sometimes happens that during violent gales the scoter is forced into ..."

2. Handbook of Birds of the Western United States: Including the Great Plains by Florence Merriam Bailey (1902)
"AMERICAN scoter. Plumage dark without white markings ; eyes always ... SURF scoter. Bill with swollen sides of base naked ; feathers of forehead reaching to ..."

3. A History of the Game Birds, Wild-fowl and Shore Birds of Massachusetts and by Edward Howe Forbush, Willey Ingraham Beecroft, Herbert Keightley Job, Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture (1912)
"The female and young closely resemble those of the Surf scoter, but the sides of head and throat are distinctly gray where the Surf scoter has indistinct ..."

4. A history of British birds, indigenous and migratory by William Macgillivray (1852)
"DOUBLE scoter. Anas fusca. Linn. Syst. Nat. I. 196. Anas fusca. Lath. In<l. Orn. II. ... The Velvet scoter, which is much larger than the other species, ..."

5. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1876)
"The American scoter, Limpkin, and Ipswich Sparrow in South Carolina.— In the AOU Check-List for 1895, the range of the American scoter ..."

6. The Natural History of Ireland by William Thompson, James R. Garrett, George Dickie (1851)
"An immature velvet scoter obtained in September 1847 at Dublin, in a recent state, has the white mark on the wing, but no white on the head ; the plumage of ..."

7. Illustrations of British Ornithology by Prideaux John Selby (1833)
"The gradation from the Velvet scoter (Otd. fusca), through Oid. perspicillata, ... scoter or Black Diver, Penn. Br. ZooL 2. 584. No. 273—Arct. ZooL 2. ..."

8. The Ottawa Naturalist by Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club (1900)
"THE AMERICAN scoter IN MIDDLESEX. (Read before the Ornithological Section ... At the last meeting I presented for inspection a specimen of the Surf scoter, ..."

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