skua

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noun \ˈskyü-ə\

Definition of skua

  1. :  any of various seabirds (genus Catharacta) related to the jaegers: asa :  great skuab :  a bird (C. maccormicki) that resembles but is slightly smaller than the great skua and that breeds in the Antarctic

Origin and Etymology of skua

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


First Known Use: 1678


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