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 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]


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  • Fish duck — Fish Fish, n.; pl. {Fishes} (f[i^]sh [e^]z), or collectively, {Fish}. [OE. fisch, fisc, fis, AS. fisc; akin to D. visch, OS. & OHG. fisk, G. fisch, Icel. fiskr, Sw. & Dan. fisk, Goth. fisks, L. piscis, Ir. iasg. Cf. {Piscatorial}. In some cases,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fish duck — noun large crested fish eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edges • Syn: ↑merganser, ↑sawbill, ↑sheldrake • Hypernyms: ↑sea duck • Hyponyms: ↑goosander, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • fish duck — noun Date: 1858 merganser …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fish duck — any species of merganser …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • fish-duck — any species of merganser …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • fish duck — Informal. merganser. [1855 60, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Fish — /fish/, n. Hamilton, 1808 93, U.S. statesman: secretary of state 1869 77. * * * I Any of more than 24,000 species of cold blooded vertebrates found worldwide in fresh and salt water. Living species range from the primitive lampreys and hagfishes… …   Universalium

  • Fish — Fish, n.; pl. {Fishes} (f[i^]sh [e^]z), or collectively, {Fish}. [OE. fisch, fisc, fis, AS. fisc; akin to D. visch, OS. & OHG. fisk, G. fisch, Icel. fiskr, Sw. & Dan. fisk, Goth. fisks, L. piscis, Ir. iasg. Cf. {Piscatorial}. In some cases, such… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fish — Fish, n.; pl. {Fishes} (f[i^]sh [e^]z), or collectively, {Fish}. [OE. fisch, fisc, fis, AS. fisc; akin to D. visch, OS. & OHG. fisk, G. fisch, Icel. fiskr, Sw. & Dan. fisk, Goth. fisks, L. piscis, Ir. iasg. Cf. {Piscatorial}. In some cases, such… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fish ball — Fish Fish, n.; pl. {Fishes} (f[i^]sh [e^]z), or collectively, {Fish}. [OE. fisch, fisc, fis, AS. fisc; akin to D. visch, OS. & OHG. fisk, G. fisch, Icel. fiskr, Sw. & Dan. fisk, Goth. fisks, L. piscis, Ir. iasg. Cf. {Piscatorial}. In some cases,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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