the common merganser
Origin of goosanderprobably from goose, after bergander, sheldrake
A fish-eating duck (Mergus merganser), the male of which has a glossy greenish-black head and a white body.
Origin of goosanderPerhaps goose -ander ( possibly as in obsolete and dialectal bergander sheldrake ) probably akin to Old Norse önd Old High German anut duck
- A merganser, Mergus merganser, of the northern hemisphere. They eat fish and are common on lakes and rivers.