Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several dark-colored diving ducks of the genera Oidemia and Melanitta, of northern coastal areas. Also called coot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any one of several species of northern sea ducks of the genera Oidemia and Melanitta.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large sea-duck of the genus Œdemia, belonging to the subfamily Fuligulinæ, having in the male the plumage black and a red gibbosity of the bill, as Œdemia nigra of Europe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large black diving duck of northern parts of the northern hemisphere

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Just offshore some mallard and pintail – birds usually found on fresh water – were bobbing up and down on the waves, along with two truly marine ducks, an eider and a common scoter.

    Birdwatch: Black redstart

  • But the duck's name is scoter, not scooter as our solution said 1 August, page 28, G2.

    Corrections and clarifications

  • Research associate Ron Therrien shows us around, pointing out such species as the ruddy duck, the Harlequin and the surf scoter.

    Duck, duck, owl: Patuxent research center is for the birds

  • Predominant waterfowl species that breed in the region include the lesser scaup, pintail, scoter, and wigeon.

    Upper Yukon Tayga Province (Bailey)

  • Judging by the density of this pattern and how precisely it's centered on the surf scoter (which was 25 to 30 yards from the shooter when Coats took the photo), there's no question about what happened to the duck milliseconds after the camera shutter closed.

    The Ultimate Guide to Patterning Your Shotgun for Waterfowl

  • There are 100Hevi-Shot No. 2 pellets, fired from a 3½-inch 12-gauge load, in the estimated 30-inch circle I drew around the densest part of this pattern (I used the scoter for scale; they average 19 inches long from beak to tail).

    The Ultimate Guide to Patterning Your Shotgun for Waterfowl

  • All of these incidents will force a scoter user onto the road which may mean risking their lives as drivers seem to think that because they are in a vehicle, that they always have the right of way.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Other interlopers included 2 red-breasted mergansers, a single white-winged scoter, and a common loon.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Wintering waterfowl include pintail, cinnamon teal, American widgeon, surf scoter and ruddy duck.

    Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, California

  • Further north, where the forest become more characteristic of subarctic tundra, waterfowl species are common, such as black scoter (Melanitta nigra), Baikal teal (Anas formosa), and lesser white-fronted goose (Anser fabalis).

    Northeast Siberian taiga

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