skua

noun
\ˈskyü-ə \

Definition of skua 

: any of various seabirds (genus Catharacta) related to the jaegers: such as

a : great skua

b : a bird (C. maccormicki) that resembles but is slightly smaller than the great skua and that breeds in the Antarctic

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The rats—brought to the island by whalers and sealers as early as the late 18th century—ate the eggs and vulnerable chicks of seabirds, including albatrosses, skua, terns, and petrels. National Geographic, "Large Island Declared Rat-Free in Biggest Removal Success," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of skua

1678, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skua

New Latin, from Faeroese skúgvur; akin to Old Norse skūfr tassel, skua, Old English scēaf sheaf — more at sheaf

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