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Any of several dark-colored diving ducks of the genus Melanitta of the Northern Hemisphere. Also called coot.

[Origin unknown.]
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n, pl -ters or -ter
(Animals) any sea duck of the genus Melanitta, such as M. nigra (common scoter), of northern regions. The male plumage is black with white patches around the head and eyes
[C17: origin unknown]
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(ˈskoʊ tər)

n., pl. -ters, (esp. collectively) -ter.
any of the large diving ducks of the genus Melanitta, inhabiting N parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
[1665–75; orig. uncertain]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scoter - large black diving duck of northern parts of the northern hemispherescoter - large black diving duck of northern parts of the northern hemisphere
sea duck - any of various large diving ducks found along the seacoast: eider; scoter; merganser
common scoter, Melanitta nigra - a variety of scoter
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Interestingly, 2 wk after our observations we received a photograph of a River Otter (Lontra canadensis pacifica) carrying the carcass of a surf scoter along this same stretch of beach.
According to the 2014 survey by the New York State Ornithological Association, Canada goose, brant, gadwall, American black duck, mallard, canvasback, redhead, ring-necked duck, greater scaup, white-winged surf scoter, long-tailed duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, three species of merganser (hooded, common, red-breasted), and ruddy ducks were some of the most commonly observed species.
Offshore, tens of thousands of Common Scoter grouped in a huge "raft" off the Llanddulas coast.
Bumper winner SCOTER FONTAINE made a highly satisfactory introduction to hurdling at Aintree and it was only on the run-in that he faltered.
"It started with Made In Time, and JP now also has Fishoutofwater, who won at Hereford and was fourth in the Grade 2 bumper at Aintree, The Merry Giant, a winner at Worcester, Manikon Eros, who won at Ffos Las, and Scoter Fontaine.
The area of Irish Sea spanning the North Wales coast from the tip of Anglesey up to Lancashire, is home to large colonies of common scoter off the coast at Colwyn Bay in Conwy.
Clifford Norman Price,of Scoter Road,Northwood,Kirkby,has given agreed not to hold directorships or take any part in company management for that period.
Combined white-winged and surf scoter populations have experienced apparent long-term declines across the continent, and those populations in the boreal forest of northern Alberta, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories (NT) may have declined by as much as 75% in the past 50 years (CWS, 2000).
A Surf Scoter, a seaduck more typically found off the north American coast, was found among several hundred Common Scoters at Black Rock Sands on Monday.
Here on Pamlico, it is the surf and black scoter that reign supreme, though you may get the occasional flyby from a long-tailed duck.
Three American Surf Scoters were also off-shore from Llanddulas amongst a huge raft of 10,000 Common Scoter.
COMMON SCOTER sea ducks came in droves to Carmarthen Bay this winter - smashing previous records.