from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A fish-eating duck (Mergus merganser), the male of which has a glossy greenish-black head and a white body.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as merganser.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A species of merganser (M. merganser) of Northern Europe and America; -- called also merganser, dundiver, sawbill, sawneb, shelduck, and sheldrake. See merganser.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A merganser, Mergus merganser, of the northern hemisphere. They eat fish and are common on lakes and rivers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun common merganser of Europe and North America


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps goose + -ander (possibly as in obsolete and dialectal bergander, sheldrake); probably akin to Old Norse önd and Old High German anut, duck.]


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  • As she flew away a late goosander skimmed past, downriver-bound.

    Country diary: Hay-on-Wye 2011

  • A number of waterfowl species including goldeneye Bucephala clangula, goosander Mergus merganser, wigeon Anas penelope, teal Anas crecca and bean goose Anser fabalis breed in the area.

    Virgin Komi Forests, Russian Federation 2008

  • Fish forms an inappreciable portion of their food, with the two notorious exceptions of the goosander and merganser, though anglers are much exercised over the damage, real or alleged, done by these birds to their favourite roach and dace in the

    Birds in the Calendar 1894

  • Geese alone number several terms: brant, ember (goose), gosling, goosander, gull (not the sea bird, which is from Welsh), and solan.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 3 1984


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  • Obsolete name for the Common Merganser.

    December 7, 2007

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    May 20, 2011