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red-breasted merganser

n. A species of diving duck, ''Mergus serrator''.

red-breasted merganser

n. widely distributed merganser of America and Europe [syn: Mergus serrator]

Red-breasted merganser

The red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator) is a diving duck, one of the sawbills. The genus name is a Latin word used by Pliny and other Roman authors to refer to an unspecified waterbird, and serrator is a sawyer from Latin serra, "saw".