from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various fish-eating diving ducks of the genus Mergus or related genera, having a slim hooked bill. Also called sheldrake.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various diving ducks of the genera Mergus or Lophodytes, which feed on fish and have a sharply serrated bill.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any bird of the genus Mergus (Merganser), and allied genera of the subfamily Merginae. They are allied to the ducks, but have a sharply serrated bill, eat fish, and dive for food. Also called fish duck.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the genus Mergus or subfamily Merginǣ; family Anatidæ; a sawbill, garbill, or fishing-duck.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of Merginæ same as Mergus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edges
"Well -- it's called a merganser in the books," said Mr. Kincaid.
Real chefs like a challenge, so when I walked through the door I'd have a common merganser on my duck strap.
Hahaha, when I was reading the article I was thinking the same thing: Make it a challenge, take merganser!
At a sale hosted by Christie's in New York in 2007, a record $856,000 was paid for a red-breasted merganser hen made in the 1870s by famed carver Lothrop Holmes, who worked as a cemetery superintendent in Massachusetts.
Brazilian merganser, Mergus octosetaceus, photographed in Brasil, South America.
Response: This is an adult female Brazilian merganser, Mergus octosetaceus, with her newly-hatched chicks in tow one is riding on her back.
This stamp by Albert Gilbert shows a hooded merganser.
A strong wind is pushing the surface water inland against the direction of the sea's retreat and the farther channel is specked with whitecaps among which the only bird currently visible – a merganser – bobs unconcernedly.
It is when I pick up binoculars to follow its progress that I realise the rocks past which the merganser is now being carried are covered with seals.
Ever since the afternoon, I had been waiting for her to say something about the hooded merganser—how that bird was so fiercely devoted to her baby, and here I was, planning to flush mine.