mer·​gan·​ser | \ (ˌ)mər-ˈgan(t)-sər How to pronounce merganser (audio) \

Definition of merganser

: any of various fish-eating diving ducks (especially genus Mergus) with a slender bill hooked at the end and serrated along the margins and usually a crested head — see common merganser

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Today, a mated pair of mergansers share this bay of the fjord with splashing arctic terns, recently arrived from waters off Antarctica. Anchorage Daily News, "The sound of silence in Russell Fjord," 8 June 2019 Ring-necked ducks, buffleheads and hooded mergansers arrive for the winter. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 But 50 yards to the north, mergansers and goldeneyes dove for fish in an open circle of water. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Wisconsin's Lake Michigan harbors host world-class ice fishing for trout," 13 Jan. 2018 Lake Davidson gave up six red-breasted mergansers and a greater scaup, both nice ducks to find. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Birders find local rarities at neighborhood ponds, Lake Norman | Charlotte Observer," 11 Jan. 2018 For opening day, our six-member camp took 14 ducks, including seven woodies, five mallards, one blue-winged teal and one hooded merganser. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Sultry weather, moderate duck flights mark Wisconsin's north zone opener," 30 Sep. 2017 Some attractions are a snapping turtle that likes to sun itself on a log, a variety of fish in the lake and such fish-eating birds as herons, kingfishers and mergansers. Myrna Petlicki,, "Treat mom to a visit with 'Birds of Prey'," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of merganser

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for merganser

New Latin, from Latin mergus, a waterfowl (from mergere) + anser goose — more at goose

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