1. A bed or stratum of shellfish; scalp.
2. <zoology> A scaup duck. See below.
<zoology> Scaup duck, 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),
Synonyms: broadbill, bluebill, blackhead, flock duck, flocking fowl, and raft duck; the lesser scaup duck (A. Affinis),
Synonyms: little bluebill, river broadbill, and shuffler; the tufted, or ring-necked, scaup duck (A. Collaris),
Synonyms: black jack, ringneck, ringbill, ringbill shuffler, etc. The common European scaup, or mussel, duck (A.marila), closely resembles the American variety.
See: Scalp a bed of oysters or mussels.
(01 Mar 1998)