American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British A fish-eating duck (Mergus merganser), the male of which has a glossy greenish-black head and a white body.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as merganser.
- n. A merganser, Mergus merganser, of the northern hemisphere. They eat fish and are common on lakes and rivers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A species of merganser (M. merganser) of Northern Europe and America; -- called also
merganser, dundiver, sawbill, sawneb, shelduck, and sheldrake. See merganser.
- n. common merganser of Europe and North America
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As she flew away a late goosander skimmed past, downriver-bound.”
“A number of waterfowl species including goldeneye Bucephala clangula, goosander Mergus merganser, wigeon Anas penelope, teal Anas crecca and bean goose Anser fabalis breed in the area.”
“Fish forms an inappreciable portion of their food, with the two notorious exceptions of the goosander and merganser, though anglers are much exercised over the damage, real or alleged, done by these birds to their favourite roach and dace in the”
“Geese alone number several terms: brant, ember (goose), gosling, goosander, gull (not the sea bird, which is from Welsh), and solan.”
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