merganser

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noun mer·gan·ser \(ˌ)mər-ˈgan(t)-sər\

Definition of merganser

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of merganser

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


First Known Use: 1668


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