noun British.

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 (< ?) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for goosander

Historical Examples of 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.

  • This evidently refers to the Goosander, which as he says in another place most answers to the Merganser.

  • A brood of the goosander or red merganser, the young not yet able to fly, were the occasion of some spirited rowing.


    John Burroughs

  • 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

    Charles Dixon

British Dictionary definitions for goosander



a common merganser (a duck), Mergus merganser, of Europe and North America, having a dark head and white body in the male

Word Origin for goosander

C17: probably from goose 1 + Old Norse önd (genitive andar) duck
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