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 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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  • Merganser serrator — Earlduck Earl duck , n. (Zo[ o]l.) The red breasted merganser ({Merganser serrator}). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — /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… …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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

  • 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

  • Red-breasted Merganser — Male in winter at New Jersey, USA …   Wikipedia

  • red-breasted merganser — noun widely distributed merganser of America and Europe • Syn: ↑Mergus serrator • Hypernyms: ↑merganser, ↑fish duck, ↑sawbill, ↑sheldrake • Member Holonyms: ↑Mergus, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mergus serrator — Mittelsäger Mittelsäger (Mergus serrator) links Weibchen, rechts Männchen Systematik Ordnung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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