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merganser

[ mer-gan-ser ]
/ mərˈgæn sər /
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noun, plural mer·gan·sers, (especially collectively) mer·gan·ser.

any of several fish-eating diving ducks of the subfamily Merginae, having a narrow bill hooked at the tip and serrated at the edges.

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Also called fish duck.

Origin of merganser

1745–55; <New Latin, equivalent to Latin merg(us) diver, a kind of water bird + ānsergoose

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British Dictionary definitions for merganser

merganser
/ (mɜːˈɡænsə) /

noun plural -sers or -ser

any of several typically crested large marine diving ducks of the genus Mergus, having a long slender hooked bill with serrated edgesAlso called: sawbill See also goosander

Word Origin for merganser

C18: from New Latin, from Latin mergus waterfowl, from mergere to plunge + anser goose
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