- a common merganser, Mergus merganser, of Eurasia and North America.
- any merganser.
Origin of goosander
1615–25; alteration of gossander; perhaps blend of goose and obsolete bergander shelduck (< ?)
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Examples from the Web for goosander
A name for the goosander (Mergus merganser) in immature plumage.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Liguli live some days in the goosander, but they do not maintain their position.Animal Parasites and Messmates
P. J. Van Beneden
This evidently refers to the Goosander, which as he says in another place most answers to the Merganser.Notes and Letters on the Natural History of Norfolk
A brood of the goosander or red merganser, the young not yet able to fly, were the occasion of some spirited rowing.Wake-Robin
The Goosander is an even more handsome bird than the Red-breasted Merganser, and is the largest species in the present sub-family.British Sea Birds
- 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 goose 1 + Old Norse önd (genitive andar) duck
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