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n. The swell of the sea which breaks upon the shore, esp. upon a sloping beach. 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, or Spisula, solidissima. See Mactra.


 - Surf duck (Zool.), any one of several species of sea ducks of the genus Oidemia, especially O. 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.


 - n. The bottom of a drain.

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