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merganser

[mer-gan-ser] /mərˈgæn sər/
noun, plural mergansers (especially collectively) merganser.
1.
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
1745-1755
1745-55; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin merg(us) diver, a kind of water bird + ānser 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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merganser

/mɜːˈɡænsə/
noun (pl) -sers, -ser
1.
any of several typically crested large marine diving ducks of the genus Mergus, having a long slender hooked bill with serrated edges Also called sawbill See also goosander
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Latin mergus waterfowl, from mergere to plunge + anser goose
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Word Origin and History for merganser
n.

type of duck, 1752, coined in Modern Latin (1550s), from Latin mergus "waterfowl, diver" (from mergere "to dip, immerse;" see merge (v.)) + anser "goose" (see goose (n.)).

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