Merganser Americanus
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 ducks, but have a sharply serrated bill, eat fish, and dive for food. Also called {fish duck}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Note: The red-breasted merganser ({Merganser serrator}) inhabits both hemispheres. It is called also {sawbill}, {harle}, and {sheldrake}. The American merganser ({Merganser Americanus}.) and the hooded merganser ({Lophodytes cucullatus}) are well-known species.

{White merganser}, the smew or white nun. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Mergus merganser americanus — noun common North American diving duck considered a variety of the European goosander • Syn: ↑American merganser • Hypernyms: ↑merganser, ↑fish duck, ↑sawbill, ↑sheldrake • Member Holonyms: ↑Me …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 serrator — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • White merganser — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • American merganser — noun common North American diving duck considered a variety of the European goosander • Syn: ↑Mergus merganser americanus • Hypernyms: ↑merganser, ↑fish duck, ↑sawbill, ↑sheldrake • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • M. americanus — may refer to:* Menticirrhus americanus , a kingcroaker * Merganser americanus , a duck * Metasiro americanus , a harvestman * Monomitopus americanus , an eel * Morone americanus , a bass …   Wikipedia

  • fish duck — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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