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[brant] /brænt/
noun, plural brants (especially collectively) brant.
any of several species of small, dark-colored geese of the genus Branta, especially B. bernicla, breeding in high northern latitudes and migrating south in the autumn.
Also called brant goose; especially British, brent, brent goose.
Origin of brant
1535-45; short for brantgoose, brentgoose; akin to Old Norse brandgās, German Brandgans


[brant] /brænt/
Joseph (Thayendanegea) 1742–1807, Mohawk Indian chief who fought on the side of the British in the American Revolution.
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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British Dictionary definitions for brant


noun (pl) brants, brant
(US & Canadian) a small goose, Branta bernicla, that has a dark grey plumage and short neck and occurs in most northern coastal regions Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) brent goose
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