oidemia fusca


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scoter \Sco"ter\, n. [Cf. Prov. E. scote to plow up.] (Zool.)
   Any one of several species of northern sea ducks of the genus
   Oidemia.
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   Note: The European scoters are Oidemia nigra, called also
         black duck, black diver, surf duck; and the
         velvet, or double, scoter (Oidemia fusca). The common
         American species are the velvet, or white-winged,
         scoter (Oidemia Deglandi), called also velvet duck,
         white-wing, bull coot, white-winged coot; the
         black scoter (Oidemia Americana), called also {black
         coot}, butterbill, coppernose; and the surf scoter,
         or surf duck (Oidemia perspicillata), called also
         baldpate, skunkhead, horsehead, patchhead,
         pishaug, and spectacled coot. These birds are
         collectively called also coots. The females and young
         are called gray coots, and brown coots.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Velvet \Vel"vet\, n. [OE. velouette, veluet, velwet; cf. OF.
   velluau, LL. velluetum, vellutum, It. velluto, Sp. velludo;
   all fr. (assumed) LL. villutus shaggy, fr L. villus shaggy
   hair; akin to vellus a fleece, and E. wool. See Wool, and
   cf. Villous.]
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   1. A silk fabric, having a short, close nap of erect threads.
      Inferior qualities are made with a silk pile on a cotton
      or linen back, or with other soft fibers such as nylon,
      acetate, or rayon.
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   2. The soft and highly vascular deciduous skin which envelops
      and nourishes the antlers of deer during their rapid
      growth.
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   3. Something likened to velvet[1] in being soft or luxurious;
      as, a lawn of velvet.
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   Cotton velvet, an imitation of velvet, made of cotton.

   Velvet cork, the best kind of cork bark, supple, elastic,
      and not woody or porous.

   Velvet crab (Zool.), a European crab (Portunus puber).
      When adult the black carapace is covered with a velvety
      pile. Called also lady crab, and velvet fiddler.

   Velvet dock (Bot.), the common mullein.

   Velvet duck. (Zool.)
      (a) A large European sea duck, or scoter ({Oidemia
          fusca}). The adult male is glossy, velvety black, with
          a white speculum on each wing, and a white patch
          behind each eye.
      (b) The American whitewinged scoter. See Scoter.

   Velvet flower (Bot.), love-lies-bleeding. See under Love.
      

   Velvet grass (Bot.), a tall grass (Holcus lanatus) with
      velvety stem and leaves; -- called also soft grass.

   Velvet runner (Zool.), the water rail; -- so called from
      its quiet, stealthy manner of running. [Prov. Eng.]

   Velvet scoter. (Zool.) Same as Velvet duck, above.

   Velvet sponge. (Zool.) See under Sponge.

   in velvet having a coating of velvet[2] over the antlers;
      in the annual stage where the antlers are still growing;
      -- of deer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Diver \Div"er\, n.
   1. One who, or that which, dives.
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            Divers and fishers for pearls.        --Woodward.
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   2. Fig.: One who goes deeply into a subject, study, or
      business. "A diver into causes." --Sir H. Wotton.
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   3. (Zool.) Any bird of certain genera, as Urinator
      (formerly Colymbus), or the allied genus Colymbus, or
      Podiceps, remarkable for their agility in diving.
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   Note: The northern diver (Urinator imber) is the loon; the
         black diver or velvet scoter (Oidemia fusca) is a sea
         duck. See Loon, and Scoter.
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