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mergansermore about merganser


  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Merganser  \Mer*gan"ser\,  n.  [Sp.  merg['a]nsar,  fr  mergo  a  diver 
  (L.  mergus,  fr  mergere  to  dip,  dive)  +  ['a]nsar  goose,  L. 
  anser.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Any  bird  of  the  genus  {Merganser},  and  allied  genera.  They 
  are  allied  to  the  ducks,  but  have  a  sharply  serrated  bill. 
  Note:  The  red-breasted  merganser  ({Merganser  serrator}) 
  inhabits  both  hemispheres.  It  is  called  also  {sawbill}, 
  {harle},  and  {sheldrake}.  The  American  merganser  ({M. 
  Americanus}.)  and  the  hooded  merganser  ({Lophodytes 
  cucullatus})  are  well-known  species. 
  {White  merganser},  the  smew  or  white  nun. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Goosander  \Goos"an`der\,  n.  [OE.  gossander,  a  tautological  word 
  formed  fr  goose  +  gander.  Cf  {Merganser}.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  species  of  merganser  ({M.  merganser})  of  Northern  Europe 
  and  America;  --  called  also  {merganser},  {dundiver}, 
  {sawbill},  {sawneb},  {shelduck},  and  {sheldrake}.  See 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  large  crested  fish-eating  diving  duck  having  a  slender 
  hooked  bill  with  serrated  edges  [syn:  {fish  duck},  {sawbill}, 

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