from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various fish-eating diving ducks of the genus Mergus or related genera, having a slim hooked bill. Also called sheldrake.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various diving ducks of the genera Mergus or Lophodytes, which feed on fish and have a sharply serrated bill.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any bird of the genus Mergus (Merganser), and allied genera of the subfamily Merginae. They are allied to the ducks, but have a sharply serrated bill, eat fish, and dive for food. Also called fish duck.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the genus Mergus or subfamily Merginǣ; family Anatidæ; a sawbill, garbill, or fishing-duck.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of Merginæ same as Mergus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edges
New Latin : Latin mergus, diver (from mergere, to plunge) + Latin ānser, goose.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin mergus ("waterfowl, diver"), from mergō ("to dip, immerse") + anser ("goose") (Wiktionary)