Scaup(skp), n. [See Scalp a bed of oysters or mussels.] 1. A bed or stratum of shellfish; scalp. [Scot.]
(Zol.) A scaup duck. See below.
(Zol.), any one of several species of northern ducks of the genus Aythya, or Fuligula. The adult males are, in large part, black. The three North American species are: the greater scaup duck (Aythya marila, var. nearctica), called also
flocking fowl, and
raft duck; the lesser scaup duck (A. affinis), called also
river broadbill, and
shuffler; the tufted, or ring-necked, scaup duck (A. collaris), called also
ringbill shuffler, etc. See Illust. of
Ring-necked duck, under Ring-necked. The common European scaup, or mussel, duck (A. marila), closely resembles the American variety.
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