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scup Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun flesh of fish found in colder waters of northern Atlantic coast of the United States
  2. noun lean flesh of fish found in warm waters of southern Atlantic coast of the United States
    porgy.
  3. noun porgy of southern Atlantic coastal waters of North America
    southern porgy; southern scup; Stenotomus aculeatus.
  4. noun found in Atlantic coastal waters of North America from South Carolina to Maine; esteemed as a panfish
    Stenotomus chrysops; northern porgy; northern scup.
WordNet

Scup noun
Etymology
D. schop.
Definitions
  1. A swing. Local, U.S.
Scup noun
Etymology
Contr. fr. American Indian mishcùp, fr. mishe-kuppi large, thick-scaled.
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) A marine sparoid food fish (Stenotomus chrysops, or S. argyrops), common on the Atlantic coast of the United States. It appears bright silvery when swimming in the daytime, but shows broad blackish transverse bands at night and when dead. Called also porgee, paugy, porgy, scuppaug. ✍ The same names are also applied to a closely allied Southern species. (Stenotomus Gardeni).

Webster 1913