\ 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 Hunting - Bay hunters found limits of redheads and scaup. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 21," 20 Jan. 2018 Lake Davidson gave up six red-breasted mergansers and a greater scaup, both nice ducks to find. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Birders find local rarities at neighborhood ponds, Lake Norman | Charlotte Observer," 11 Jan. 2018 Lesser scaups do form pair bonds, and attempt forced copulations with other females somewhat less often. National Geographic, "Duck Penises Grow Bigger Among Rivals," 20 Sep. 2017 Of the 10 duck species surveyed, all except for pintail and scaup are above long-term averages. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Conditions come together for a bountiful waterfowl season," 28 Oct. 2017 As the researchers expected, the lesser scaups housed in groups grew longer penises than those housed in pairs. National Geographic, "Duck Penises Grow Bigger Among Rivals," 20 Sep. 2017 Northern shovelers and scaup were tied for third at 4.4 million each. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Duck numbers dip slightly but still flying high," 16 Aug. 2017 Species seeing a decline included mallards (11 percent), American wigeon (19 percent), green-winged teal (16 percent), redhead (13 percent), canvasback (1 percent) and scaup (12 percent). Todd Masson,, "Most Louisiana hunters will be thrilled with annual duck report," 15 Aug. 2017 Harris is a repeat winner in the Golden State competition, having claimed top honors in 2014 with his depiction of a lesser scaup duck. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Noted Groveland wildlife painter chalks up another win in California Duck Stamp art contest," 25 July 2017

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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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