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goosander Line breaks: goos|an¦der
Pronunciation: /ɡuːˈsandə/

Definition of goosander in English:

noun (plural same or goosanders)

A large Eurasian and North American merganser (diving duck), the male of which has a dark green head and whitish underside.
  • Mergus merganser, family Anatidae. North American name: common merganser
Example sentences
  • They are preyed on by herons, cormorants, kingfishers, goosanders, large trout and eels.
  • As it grows in the river from an egg, it's bothered by brown trout, preyed on by goosanders (ducks with serrated bills) and cormorants as well as mergansers (another type of salmon-persecuting duck).
  • Other species found included goosander, pochard, tufted duck and teal on the water.


Early 17th century: probably from goose + -ander as in dialect bergander 'shelduck' (the colouring of the male goosander resembling that of the shelduck).

Words that rhyme with goosander

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