sco·​ter | \ ˈskō-tər How to pronounce scoter (audio) \
plural scoters or scoter

Definition of scoter

: any of a genus (Melanitta) of sea ducks of chiefly coastal Eurasia, Canada, and the U.S. that have males with chiefly black plumage

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Out on the water, scoters, eiders, ducks, and various species of shorebirds are in almost constant view. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 The pintails, widgeon and shovelers have departed south, but mallards, scoters and a few teal are still hanging in there. John Schandelmeier, Alaska Dispatch News, "Don’t be fooled by a lingering autumn. Winter is coming.," 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of scoter

circa 1674, in the meaning defined above

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