white-winged scoter

noun

variants or less commonly white-winged coot
: a large and very common American scoter (Melanitta deglandi) that is closely related to the velvet scoter of Europe and has a white speculum of the wing and in the adult male a white spot under the eye

Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of white-winged scoter was in 1886

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“White-winged scoter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white-winged%20scoter. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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