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1. Any of several large predatory seabirds of the genus Stercorarius, especially the great skua.
2. Chiefly British Any of several of the smaller seabirds of the genus Stercorarius.

[New Latin, alteration of Faroese *skūvur, from Old Norse skūfr, tassel, seagull.]


(Animals) any predatory gull-like bird of the family Stercorariidae, such as the great skua or bonxie (Stercorarius skua) or arctic skua (S. parasiticus) both of which harass terns or gulls into dropping or disgorging fish they have caught
[C17: from New Latin, from Faeroese skūgvur, from Old Norse skūfr]


(ˈskyu ə)

n., pl. sku•as.
1. any of several large, brown, gull-like predatory birds of the genus Catharacta, related to jaegers, esp. C. skua (great skua), of colder waters of both northern and southern seas.
2. Brit. jaeger (def. 1).
[1670–80; < Faeroese skū(g)vur; compare Old Norse skūfr tassel, tuft, also skua (in poetry)]
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Noun1.skua - gull-like jaeger of northern seasskua - gull-like jaeger of northern seas  
jaeger - rapacious seabird that pursues weaker birds to make them drop their prey
Catharacta skua, great skua - large brown skua of the northern Atlantic


[ˈskjuːə] Npágalo m


nSkua f, → Große Raubmöwe
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This summer, nature lovers can experience the cruise on the Mersey which allows passengers the chance to see a range of wildlife up close, with previous sighting of long-tailed skuas, peregrine falcons, osprey and Atlantic grey seals.
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role session (Ui, AS: agent, SKuas: symmetric_key, H, F: function) def= local H1, H2, R1, R2: channel (dy) composition user (Ui, AS, SKuas, H, F, H1, R1) [conjunction] applicationserver (Ui, AS, SKuas, H, F, H2, R2) end role role environment() def= const ui, as: agent, skuas: symmetric_key, h, f: function, cidi, yi, zi, t1, ys, zs, t3: text, as_ui_y2, sc1, sc2, sc3, sc4: protocol_id intruder-knowledge = ui, as, h, f, cidi, yi, zi, t1, ys, zs, t3 composition session(ui, as, skuas, h, f) A session(i, as, skuas, h, f) A session(ui, i, skuas, h, f) end role goal secrecy_of sc1, sc2, sc3, sc4 authentication_on as_ui_y2 end goal environment() ALGORITHM 5: The result of simulation using OFMC backends.