\ ˈskȯp How to pronounce scaup (audio) \
plural scaup or scaups

Definition of scaup

: either of two diving ducks (Aythya affinis or A. marila) with the male having a glossy purplish or greenish head and a black breast and tail

Examples of scaup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, there were many thousands of divers on the bay, mostly scaup but also redheads, buffleheads, common goldeneyes and canvasbacks. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Dec. 2021 The four top ducks in the annual Wisconsin hunter survey are mallards, wood ducks, blue-winged teal and scaup, or bluebills. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 July 2021 The duck pictured this year is a lesser scaup drake. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 This year's stamp features a drake lesser scaup painted by Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 June 2021 In an all-day coastal marsh sit, three of us downed a single lesser scaup and a lone bufflehead. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 1 Jan. 2021 The scaup daily bag limit this season is two birds per day. oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2020 But pintails, lesser scaup, and some other ducks have seen population declines in the recent decades. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 28 Aug. 2020 As cold snaps arrive, those early birds will move on and more migrating mallards, black ducks, and gadwall will show up, along with divers like scaup and canvasback, and dark geese, too. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of scaup

1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scaup

short for scaup duck; scaup probably alteration of scalp bed of shellfish

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20 Dec 2021

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“Scaup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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