great skua

noun

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

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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, "A career in biotech brought success. Then the birds came calling," 24 May 2018

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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