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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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

type of predatory gull, 1670s, from Faeroese skugvur, related to Old Norse skufr "seagull, tuft, tassel," and possibly to skauf "fox's tail."


n. Any of various predatory seabirds of the family Stercorariidae that often chase other seabirds to steal their catches.


n. gull-like jaeger of northern seas [syn: bonxie]


The skuas are a group of seabirds with about seven species forming the family Stercorariidae and the genus Stercorarius. The three smaller skuas are called jaegers in the Americas.

The English word "skua" comes from the Faroese name skúgvur for the great skua, with the island of Skúvoy renowned for its colony of that bird. The general Faroese term for skuas is kjógvi . The word "jaeger" is derived from the German word Jäger, meaning "hunter". The genus name Stercorarius is Latin and means "of dung"; the food disgorged by other birds when pursued by skuas as once thought to to be excrement.

Skuas nest on the ground in temperate and Arctic regions, and are long-distance migrants. They have even been sighted at the South Pole.

Skua (rocket)

Skua is the designation of a British sounding rocket which was launched between 1959 and 1981 in 4 versions over 300 times. The Skua was developed by Bristol Aerojet and RPE Wescott. It consisted of a starting stage made up of several Chick rockets that burned for 0.2 seconds. They propelled the rocket 20 metres over the 5 metre long launch tube. After that, the Bantam main stage ignited.

Skua (disambiguation)

Skua is a seabird in the family Stercorariidae.

Skua may also refer to:

  • Blackburn Skua, a British dive-bomber/fighter plane from World War II
  • Colonel Luis Arturo Rodríguez Meneses Air Base, a military base, with ICAO airport code SKUA, assigned to the Colombian Air Force
  • Juvenelle Rosario Skua, Brazilian motorglider (aircraft)
  • Orkney Skua, a British-manufactured sailing dinghy
  • Skua Sailing Dinghy, a drop-keel two-person racing sailboat, designed for construction from plywood.
  • Sea Skua, a British air-to-surface missile
  • Skua (rocket), a British sounding rocket
  • Denel Dynamics Skua, a South African high-speed target drone

Usage examples of "skua".

He and Skua were the only the human beings in the royal hall of Arsudun.

Overhead arched the stone walls and ceiling of the royal hall of Arsudun, the island-state whose corrupt Landgrave Ethan, Skua, and their Tran friends had recently overthrown.

Elfa was the daughter and heir of the Landgrave of Sofold, Hunnar the first Tran Ethan and Skua had dealt with after surviving their crash landing on this world eons ago.

Fortunately Ethan and Skua stood off to the side and so missed the brunt of the artificial gale.

He followed Skua as the giant used his bulk to shove his way through the crowd.

Ethan and Skua passed into the meeting room, a Mast of cold air struck their exposed skin.

Brass Monkey neither Ethan nor Skua had had any reason to visit the research complex.

Ethan and Milliken Williams spoke for the staff of the research station while a dour Skua September glowered in the background.

Now he looked up to where Skua September leaned against the door that led back into the outpost complex.

It was clear Skua was raging not against his friend but against himself.

Ethan and Skua had made many friends among the crew and there were handshakes and backslaps to be given in addition to the traditional Tran gestures of parting.

He greeted Ethan and Skua as friends and embraced Elfa and Hunnar, his recently acquired allies in the Union of Ice.

Sir Ethan and Sir Skua found our company so pleasing they decided to remain awhile longer among us.

Then he fell back onto the deck and Skua was standing over him, clutching the monster axe an admiring Tran smith had fashioned for him.

Ethan left Ta-hoding guarding his useless helm as he joined Hunnar, Elfa, Skua, and several others in confronting their visitor.