goosander [goo-san-der] ExamplesWord Origin noun British.
- a common merganser, Mergus merganser, of Eurasia and North America.
- any merganser.
Origin of goosander 1615–25; alteration of gossander; perhaps blend ofand obsolete bergander shelduck ( Examples from the Web for goosander Historical Examples of goosander
A name for the goosander (Mergus merganser) in immature plumage.
William Henry Smyth
Liguli live some days in the goosander, but they do not maintain their position.
P. J. Van Beneden
This evidently refers to the Goosander, which as he says in another place most answers to the Merganser.
A brood of the goosander or red merganser, the young not yet able to fly, were the occasion of some spirited rowing.
The Goosander is an even more handsome bird than the Red-breasted Merganser, and is the largest species in the present sub-family.
British Dictionary definitions for goosandergoosander noun
- a common merganser (a duck), Mergus merganser, of Europe and North America, having a dark head and white body in the male
Word Origin for goosander C17: probably from goose 1 + Old Norse önd (genitive andar) duck
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