skua

noun \ ˈskyü-ə \

Definition of skua

: any of various seabirds (genus Catharacta) related to the jaegers: such as
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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Origin and Etymology of skua

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


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