Scaup meaning

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Either of two diving ducks (Aythya marila or A. affinis) of the Northern Hemisphere, the male of which has gray, black, and white plumage.
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A small diving duck (Aythya novaeseelandiae) of New Zealand, having dark plumage.
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Any of several wild ducks of the same genus (Aythya) as the redhead, canvasback, etc.
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Any of three species of small diving duck in the genus Aythya.
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(Scotland) Alternative form of scalp; a bed or stratum of shellfish.
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Origin of scaup

  • Short for scaup-duck perhaps from Scots scalp, scaup bed of mussels (from its feeding on shellfish)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • See scalp (“a bed of oysters or mussels").

    From Wiktionary