A Black Scoter Swimming

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Melanitta americana or Œdemia nigra A large sea-duck of the genus CEdemia, belonging to the subfamily Fuligulinaea, having in the male the plumage black and a red gibbosity of the bill, as Œdemia nigra of Europe.

In this illustration, the duck is swimming in a large body of water. There is a lighthouse in the background.


William Dwight Whitney, PhD, LLD The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1895) 5412


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