goosander

goosander

[goo-san-der]
noun British.
1.
a common merganser, Mergus merganser, of Eurasia and North America.
2.
any merganser.

Origin:
1615–25; alteration of gossander; perhaps blend of goose and obsolete bergander shelduck (< ?)

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goosander (ɡuːˈsændə)
 
n
a common merganser (a duck), Mergus merganser, of Europe and North America, having a dark head and white body in the male
 
[C17: probably from goose1 + Old Norse önd (genitive andar) duck]

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