- 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 skūvur from Old Norse skūfr tassel, seagull
From Faroese skÃºgvur (“Great Skua"), from Old Norse skÃºfr.