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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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
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[guːˈsændəʳ] nsmergo maggiore
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