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goosander

[goo-san-der] /guˈsæn dər/
noun, British
1.
a common merganser, Mergus merganser, of Eurasia and North America.
2.
any merganser.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; alteration of gossander; perhaps blend of goose and obsolete bergander shelduck (< ?)
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British Dictionary definitions for goosander

goosander

/ɡuːˈsændə/
noun
1.
a common merganser (a duck), Mergus merganser, of Europe and North America, having a dark head and white body in the male
Word Origin
C17: probably from goose1 + Old Norse önd (genitive andar) duck
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