Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Word of the day: skua

The word of the day is skua:

Also called bonxieany of severallarge brown gull-like predatory birdsof the genus Catharactarelated to jaegersespecially C. skua (greatskua) of colder waters of bothnorthern and southern seas. (

"The apparatus responds to his attention: the glass gleams, the brass shines, and the light rotates on its bath of mercury as smoothly as a skua gliding on currents of air."

 - M. L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans (2012)

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