\ 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

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Recent Examples on the Web The scaup daily bag limit this season is two birds per day. oregonlive, "Oregon hunting preview 2020: What to know about wildfire damage, plus outlooks for big game, upland birds, waterfowl," 25 Sep. 2020 But pintails, lesser scaup, and some other ducks have seen population declines in the recent decades. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Why Don’t We Hunt Ducks in the Spring?," 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, "How to Hunt Ducks and Geese," 26 June 2020 Hunters will be relegated to one scaup per day, down from the three that could be taken last season. Matt Wyatt,, "Texas flounder regulations approved; season closure delayed a year," 23 May 2020 The frigid cold of January takes him to the Potomac River, dodging ice flows and shooting scaup from the layout boats. Drew Palmer, Outdoor Life, "50 Hunter Stereotypes from Every State," 15 May 2020 Hunters would be allowed to harvest only one scaup per day, down from the three that could be taken last season. Matt Wyatt,, "Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting canceled, action items moved to May 21," 19 Mar. 2020 Along the Wachusett Reservoir there were two greater scaups at the Wachusett Dam, two red-breasted mergansers and three common loons at Rainbow Cove, and one common loon at North Dike., "Bird sightings," 9 Feb. 2020 Greater and lesser scaups were seen at Laurel Lake in Lenox, the Turners Falls Power Canal, and the Stockbridge Bowl., "Among reports was a painted bunting at the Cold Brook Preserve in Harwich.," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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“Scaup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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