merganser

merganser
/mɜˈgænsə/ (say mer'gansuh)

noun (plural mergansers, merganser)
any of several fish-eating, diving ducks of the genera Mergus and Lophodytes, having slender, saw-toothed bills, as the common merganser, or goosander, M. merganser, or the red-breasted merganser, M. serrator, of the Northern Hemisphere.
{New Latin, from Latin mergus diver (bird) + anser goose}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Merganser — Mer*gan ser, n. [Sp. merg[ a]nsar, fr. mergo a diver (L. mergus, fr. mergere to dip, dive) + [ a]nsar goose, L. anser.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any bird of the genus {Mergus} ({Merganser}), and allied genera of the subfamily Merginae. They are allied to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • merganser — [mər gan′sər] n. pl. mergansers or merganser [ModL < L mergus, diver (waterfowl) < mergere (see MERGE) + anser,GOOSE] any of several fish eating, diving ducks with a long, slender, serrated bill hooked at the tip and, usually, a crested… …   English World dictionary

  • Merganser — Merganser, Vogel, eine Art Sägetaucher …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • merganser — type of duck, 1752, coined in Modern Latin (1550s), from L. mergus waterfowl, diver (from mergere to dip, immerse; see MERGE (Cf. merge) (v.)) + anser goose (see GOOSE (Cf. goose) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • merganser — ► NOUN ▪ a fish eating diving duck with a long, thin serrated and hooked bill. ORIGIN from Latin mergus diver + anser goose …   English terms dictionary

  • merganser — /meuhr gan seuhr/, n., pl. mergansers, (esp. collectively) merganser. any of several fish eating diving ducks of the subfamily Merginae, having a narrow bill hooked at the tip and serrated at the edges. Also called fish duck. [1745 55; < NL,… …   Universalium

  • merganser — Goosander Goos an der, n. [OE. gossander, a tautological word formed fr. goose + gander. Cf. {Merganser}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A species of merganser ({M. merganser}) of Northern Europe and America; called also {merganser}, {dundiver}, {sawbill}, {sawneb} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • merganser — [mə: ganzə, sə] noun a fish eating diving duck with a long, thin serrated and hooked bill. [Mergus serrator (red breasted merganser) and related species.] Origin C17: mod. L., from L. mergus diver + anser goose …   English new terms dictionary

  • merganser — dančiasnapiai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Mergus angl. merganser; smew vok. Säger, m rus. крохаль, m pranc. harle, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – dančiasnapiai siauresnis terminas – brazilinis dančiasnapis siauresnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • merganser — noun Etymology: New Latin, from Latin mergus, a waterfowl (from mergere) + anser goose more at goose Date: 1668 any of various fish eating diving ducks (especially genus Mergus) with a slender bill hooked at the end and serrated along the margins …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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