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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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

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First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of great skua was in 1897

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“Great skua.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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