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merganser Line breaks: mer¦gan|ser
Pronunciation: /məːˈɡanzə/

Definition of merganser in English:


A fish-eating diving duck with a long, thin serrated and hooked bill. Also called sawbill.
  • Genus Mergus, family Anatidae: six species
Example sentences
  • Check your field guide to identify gadwalls, widgeons, wood ducks, hooded mergansers, ringnecks, and maybe a scalup or a canvasback.
  • This area affords excellent views of Burrard Inlet and rafts of offshore ducks. scoters, scaup, mergansers, goldeneye and buffleheads are all good possibilities.
  • In the large cove before us she identified the scattered ducks: golden eyes, canvas backs, mergansers, immature herring gulls.


Mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Latin mergus 'diver' (from mergere 'to dive') + anser 'goose'.

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