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

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First Known Use of great skua

1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Great skua.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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