Mer*gan"ser(?), n. [Sp. mergnsar, fr. mergo a diver (L. mergus, fr. mergere to dip, dive) + nsar goose, L. anser.] (Zol.) Any bird of the genus Mergus (Merganser), and allied genera of the subfamily Merginae. They are allied to the ducks, but have a sharply serrated bill, eat fish, and dive for food. Also called fish duck.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
The red-breasted merganser (Merganser serrator) inhabits both hemispheres. It is called also
sheldrake. The American merganser (Merganser Americanus.) and the hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) are well-known species. --
White merganser, the smew or white nun.
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