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 &odie;nd and Old High German anut, duck.
- A merganser, Mergus merganser, of the northern hemisphere. They eat fish and are common on lakes and rivers.