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Any of various fish-eating diving ducks primarily of the genus Mergus, having a slim hooked bill. Also called sheldrake.

[New Latin : Latin mergus, diver (from mergere, to plunge) + Latin ānser, goose; see ghans- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -sers or -ser
(Animals) any of several typically crested large marine diving ducks of the genus Mergus, having a long slender hooked bill with serrated edges. Also called: sawbill See also goosander
[C18: from New Latin, from Latin mergus waterfowl, from mergere to plunge + anser goose]
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.merganser - large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edgesmerganser - large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edges
sea duck - any of various large diving ducks found along the seacoast: eider; scoter; merganser
genus Mergus, Mergus - mergansers
goosander, Mergus merganser - common merganser of Europe and North America
American merganser, Mergus merganser americanus - common North American diving duck considered a variety of the European goosander
Mergus serrator, red-breasted merganser - widely distributed merganser of America and Europe
Mergus albellus, smew - smallest merganser and most expert diver; found in northern Eurasia
hooded merganser, hooded sheldrake, Lophodytes cucullatus - small North American duck with a high circular crest on the male's head
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Earlier yesterday Lewis John Evans, 61, of Merganser Court, Barry, appeared in court, also charged with MrBaker's murder.
Keywords: Population size, Sex ratio, Mergus squamatus, Poyang Lake water system, Scaly-sided merganser.
A hooded merganser, which is a North American sawbill duck, drew lots of birders to Seaton though the arguments still continue today whether it was a genuine wild bird or an escapee.
The birds on display in the cabinet include tufted duck; velvet scoter; Steller's eider; bufflehead; hooded merganser; common pochard; red-crested pochard; Eurasian wigeon; red-breasted merganser; common merganser; American wood duck; smew; ruddy shelduck; common shelduck; surf scoter; northern pintail; brown teal; common eider; harlequin duck, Eurasian teal and garganey.
He approached and touched the mallard and said "Nice merganser! Oh, no wait, that is a mallard."
She witnessed the obstacles an osprey faced in catching his prey, marvelled at eggs laid by the merganser and was mesmerized by the speed with which a heron caught and swallowed a fish.
He writes about the merganser ducks that use the same waters, the otters who play in them, and the beavers who build dams there.
(Hooded Merganser; PC2001 = 2.74%, PC2013 = 25.61%, [G.sub.1] = 21.3, P < 0.001) and Wood Duck (PC2001 = 2.06%, PC2013 = 20.73%, [G.sub.1] = 17.8, P < 0.001).
Or, you may have delighted in watching the American dipper and the common merganser that fly up and down the river.
IN MERSEY | In the Mersey today, Merganser, a bulk carrier carrying steel plate from China; Allegro, a chemical tanker carrying animal and vegetable oils from Papua New Guinea; and Nordrhine, a bulk carrier carrying soya from Brazil.
According to the 2014 survey by the New York State Ornithological Association, Canada goose, brant, gadwall, American black duck, mallard, canvasback, redhead, ring-necked duck, greater scaup, white-winged surf scoter, long-tailed duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, three species of merganser (hooded, common, red-breasted), and ruddy ducks were some of the most commonly observed species.
They paddle out, sighting a merganser family, and a beaver swimming near its lodge, warning them away with a loud slap splash from its tail.