noun \ˈskō-tər\
plural scoters or scoter

Definition of SCOTER

:  any of a genus (Melanitta) of sea ducks of chiefly coastal Eurasia, Canada, and the United States that have males with chiefly black plumage

Origin of SCOTER

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1674


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of three species (genus Melanitta) of diving duck that are mainly marine except during the breeding season. The males are shiny black. The surf scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) breeds in the forests and tundra of Canada and Alaska and winters on seacoasts as far south as Florida and southern California. The white-winged, or velvet, scoter (M. deglandi, or fusca) and the black, or common, scoter (M. nigra) occur north of the equator nearly worldwide. All three feed mainly on marine animals such as clams.

Variants of SCOTER

scoter or sea coot


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