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

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


(Animals) a common merganser (a duck), Mergus merganser, of Europe and North America, having a dark head and white body in the male
[C17: probably from goose1 + Old Norse önd (genitive andar) duck]


(mərˈgæn sər)

n., pl. -sers, (esp. collectively) -ser.
any of several fish-eating diving ducks of the genera Mergus and Lophodytes, having a narrow bill serrated at the edges.
Also called goosander.
[1745–55; < New Latin, = Latin merg(us) kind of aquatic bird (compare mergere to plunge, immerse) + ānser goose]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.goosander - common merganser of Europe and North Americagoosander - common merganser of Europe and North America
genus Mergus, Mergus - mergansers
fish duck, merganser, sawbill, sheldrake - large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edges


[guːˈsændəʳ] nsmergo maggiore
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One day early on, Julia, still perfecting her 'fowl identification, pointed to a small pod of common mergansers, all of them engrossed in the act of decimating a population of gamefish in a roadside slough.
Worcester's 2012 count totaled an impressive 89 species, which were dominated by 1,741 Canada geese, 1,533 ring-billed gulls, 1,373 black capped chickadees, 1,162 crows, 1,108 juncos, 996 robins, 881 starlings, 829 mallards, 795 house sparrows, 437 common mergansers, 401 goldfinches, 345 rock pigeons, 324 white-breasted nuthatches, 292 titmice, 274 hooded mergansers, 245 mourning doves, 236 blue jays, 196 cardinals, 196 house finches, 190 downy woodpeckers, 174 bluebirds, 138 greater scaup, 138 song sparrows, 135 redpolls, 118 common goldeneyes, 114 red-breasted nuthatches, and 100 black ducks.
Globally significant populations of waterfowl, such as canvasbacks, common mergansers, common goldeneyes and other diving ducks, can also be seen here each winter.