merganser

[mer-gan-ser]
noun, plural mergansers (especially 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.


Origin:
1745–55; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin merg(us) diver, a kind of water bird + ānser goose

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merganser (mɜːˈɡænsə)
 
n , pl -sers, -ser
See also goosander Also called: sawbill any of several typically crested large marine diving ducks of the genus Mergus, having a long slender hooked bill with serrated edges
 
[C18: from New Latin, from Latin mergus waterfowl, from mergere to plunge + anser goose]

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merganser
type of duck, 1752, from Mod.L. (1555), from L. mergus "waterfowl, diver," from mergere "to dip, immerse" (see merge) + anser "goose" (see goose).
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Knowing a mallard from a merganser has another side: gourmets prefer a corn-fed mallard to the fish duck.
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