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

Examples of scoter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were reports of 120 white-winged scoters, five Western sandpipers, three American golden-plovers, three black skimmers, and three merlins., "► Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Stow:," 23 Sep. 2019 Marine birds also included mallards, common scoters (a large sea duck), geese, cormorants, gannets, shags, auks, egrets and loons. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "European Neanderthals ate fresh seafood, which may have given their brains a boost," 26 Mar. 2020 There was one lesser scaup at Horn Pond in Woburn, and a surf scoter at the Amelia Earhart Dam in Everett., "Bird sightings," 16 Feb. 2020 Also at the Stockbridge bowl, there was a white-winged scoter and a red-necked grebe., "Among reports was a painted bunting at the Cold Brook Preserve in Harwich.," 16 Dec. 2019 At Gooseberry Neck, there were 84 black scoters, three ruddy turnstones, three roseate terns, a great shearwater, a Northern gannet, two cliff swallows, and two orchard orioles., "Bird sightings across the region," 30 June 2019 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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“Scoter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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