American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small Old World merganser (Mergus albellus), the male of which has white and black plumage and a white crest.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small merganser or fishing-duck, Mergellus albellus, the white nun, or smee, of the family Anatidæ and subfamily Merginæ, inhabiting northerly parts of the eastern hemisphere. The male in adult plumage is a very beautiful bird, of a pure white, varied with black and gray, and tinged with green on the crested head; the length is about 17 inches. The female is smaller, with reddish-brown and gray plumage, and is called the red-headed smew. Also
- n. A small compact diving duck, Mergus albellus, that breeds in the northern taiga of Europe and Asia and winters on sheltered coasts or inland lakes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Local, U.S., Local, U.S. small European merganser (Mergus albellus) which has a white crest; -- called also
smee, smee duck, white merganser, and white nun.
- n. Local, U.S. The hooded merganser.
- n. smallest merganser and most expert diver; found in northern Eurasia
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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