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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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Surf \Surf\, n. [Formerly spelled suffe, and probably the same word as E. sough.] The swell of the sea which breaks upon the shore, esp. upon a sloping beach. [1913 Webster] Surf bird (Zool.), a ploverlike bird of the genus Aphriza, allied to the turnstone. Surf clam (Zool.), a large clam living on the open coast, especially Mactra solidissima (syn. Spisula solidissima). See Mactra. Surf duck (Zool.), any one of several species of sea ducks of the genus Oidemia, especially Oidemia percpicillata; -- called also surf scoter. See the Note under Scoter. Surf fish (Zool.), any one of numerous species of California embiotocoid fishes. See Embiotocoid. Surf smelt. (Zool.) See Smelt. Surf whiting. (Zool.) See under Whiting. [1913 Webster]