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
More 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).
Definition of goosander in:
- The US English dictionary