skua "predatory gull," 1670s, from Faeroese skugvur, related to O.N. skufr "seagull, tuft, tassel," and possibly to skauf "fox's tail."

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  • Skua — Sku a, n. [Icel. sk?fr, sk?mr.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any jager gull; especially, the {Megalestris skua}; called also {boatswain}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skua — skȕa ž <G mn skȗā> DEFINICIJA zool. veliki grabežljivi galeb iz roda Catharacta, obitava uz ledena područja sjevernih i južnih mora ETIMOLOGIJA skand. ← egz. (ferojski) skugvur …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • skua — [skyo͞o′ə] n. [ModL, adapted ( c. 1604) < Faroese skūgver < ON skūfr, tuft, sheaf (akin to SHOP)] 1. a large, brown and white, predatory shorebird (Catharacta skua, family Stercorariidae) found in cold seas 2. Brit. JAEGER (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • Skua — Skua, Art der Gattung Raubmeve …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • skua — ● skua nom masculin Oiseau (stercoraire) des îles Kerguelen, aux mœurs de rapace agressif …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Skua —   [färöisch] die, / s, Art der Raubmöwen …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Skua — 〈f.; Gen.: , Pl.: s; Zool.〉 Raubmöwenart des Nordatlantiks [Etym.: färöisch] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Skua — die; , s <nach gleichbed. färöisch skūgvur> nordatlantische Raubmöwe (Zool.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • skua — ► NOUN ▪ a large predatory seabird which pursues other birds to make them disgorge fish. ORIGIN Faroese …   English terms dictionary

  • Skua — Grand Labbe Grand labbe ou skua …   Wikipédia en Français

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