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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.]


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]


(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.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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