Sco"ter(?), n. [Cf. Prov. E. scote to plow up.] (Zol.) Any one of several species of northern sea ducks of the genus Oidemia.
The European scoters are Oidemia nigra, called also
surf duck; and the velvet, or double, scoter (O. fusca). The common American species are the velvet, or white-winged, scoter (O. Deglandi), called also
white-winged coot; the black scoter (O. Americana), called also
coppernose; and the surf scoter, or surf duck (O. perspicillata), called also
pishaug, and spectacled coot. These birds are collectively called also
coots. The females and young are called gray coots, and brown coots.
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