- a large, brown-and-white, predatory shorebird (Catharacta skua, family Stercorariidae) found in cold seas
- Brit. jaeger (sense )
Origin of skuaModL, adapted (c. 1604) ; from Faroese sk?gver ; from Old Norse sk?fr, tuft, sheaf (akin to shop)
- Any of several large predatory seabirds of the genus Stercorarius, especially the great skua.
- Chiefly British Any of several of the smaller seabirds of the genus Stercorarius.
Origin of skuaNew Latin, alteration of Faroese *sk&umacron;vur, from Old Norse sk&umacron;fr, tassel, seagull.
From Faroese skÃºgvur (“Great Skua"), from Old Norse skÃºfr.