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 for Surf duck
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
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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 :

  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.
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     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.
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