plural scup also scups
: a porgy (Stenotomus chrysops) occurring along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. chiefly from North Carolina to Maine and used as a panfish

Examples of scup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But warming waters have pushed hake, winter flounder, scup, and lobster fisheries north of our state, jeopardizing these important pillars of the economy., 22 Nov. 2019 Black seabass, scup, summer flounder to name a few. Capt. John McMurray, Field & Stream, 10 Feb. 2020 The reef is intended to become a habitat for fish that live in Narragansett Bay, including tautog, black sea bass and scup. USA TODAY, 25 Oct. 2019 Whole scup comes striped black with grill marks, over celeriac puree and wild rice, salsa verde draped across its middle like a sash. Devra First,, 9 Apr. 2018 The current law has been credited with rebuilding 43 stocks since 2000 including Atlantic sea scallops, pacific canary rockfish and Atlantic scup, also known as porgy. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2018 Son Aaron operates the Tradition, which harvests scup, whiting, squid, and sea bass. Michelle Malkin, National Review, 17 Jan. 2018 The western Sound scup fishing has been on fire and this week catching 12- to 17-inch jumbos has barely raised an eyebrow., 7 Sep. 2017 In the North Atlantic, the term includes scup and sheepshead. Deena Shanker,, 5 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History


short for scuppaug, modification of Narragansett mishcùppaûog

First Known Use

circa 1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scup was circa 1848

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“Scup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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