merganser(redirected from red-breasted mergansers)
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Any of various fish-eating diving ducks primarily of the genus Mergus, having a slim hooked bill. Also called sheldrake.
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]
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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|Noun||1.||merganser - 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
American merganser, Mergus merganser americanus - common North American diving duck considered a variety of the European goosander