goosander [goo-san-der] ExamplesWord Origin noun British.

  1. a common merganser, Mergus merganser, of Eurasia and North America.
  2. any merganser.

Origin of goosander 1615–25; alteration of gossander; perhaps blend of goose and obsolete bergander shelduck ( Examples from the Web for goosander Historical Examples of goosander

  • A name for the goosander (Mergus merganser) in immature plumage.

    The Sailor’s Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Liguli live some days in the goosander, but they do not maintain their position.

    Animal Parasites and Messmates

    P. J. Van Beneden

  • This evidently refers to the Goosander, which as he says in another place most answers to the Merganser.

    Notes and Letters on the Natural History of Norfolk

    Thomas Browne

  • A brood of the goosander or red merganser, the young not yet able to fly, were the occasion of some spirited rowing.


    John Burroughs

  • The Goosander is an even more handsome bird than the Red-breasted Merganser, and is the largest species in the present sub-family.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon

  • British Dictionary definitions for goosandergoosander noun

    1. 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 Others Are Reading

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  • Nearby words for goosander

    1. gooney bird
    2. goony
    3. goop
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    5. goorie
    6. goosander
    7. goose
    8. goose barnacle
    9. goose bay
    10. goose bumps
    11. goose creek

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