from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A small Eurasian diving duck (Mergellus albellus), the male of which has white and black plumage and a white crest.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun 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.
- noun Local, U.S. The hooded merganser.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A small compact
diving duck, Mergus albellus, that breeds in the northern taigaof Europeand Asiaand winters on sheltered coasts or inland lakes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun smallest merganser and most expert diver; found in northern Eurasia
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
My next stop, Cheddar reservoir, produced more ducks: a female smew and a pair of ruddy ducks among them.
"Gavia" is Latin for sea smew or duck, and "immer" has two possible sources.
When busy with birdlife, more than 23,000 birds, including 28 species of wildfowl, have been recorded here - including rare types such as scaup, smew, long-tailed duck, scoter and Bewick's swan.