great skua


Definition of great skua

: a large seabird (Stercorarius skua synonym Catharacta skua) that is related to the jaegers, has dusky plumage and broad rounded wings, breeds chiefly along arctic and antarctic shores, and forages over most cold and temperate seas

Examples of great skua in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And then, below the horizon, like an ungainly ghost, the birders spotted a rare European bully of the high seas: a great skua. Eric Boodman, STAT, 24 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'great skua.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of great skua

1897, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About great skua

Time Traveler for great skua

Time Traveler

The first known use of great skua was in 1897

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near great skua

great silver fir

great skua

Great Slave Lake

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for great skua

Cite this Entry

“Great skua.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!