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[kawr-mer-uh nt] /ˈkɔr mər ənt/
any of several voracious, totipalmate seabirds of the family Phalacrocoracidae, as Phalacrocorax carbo, of America, Europe, and Asia, having a long neck and a distensible pouch under the bill for holding captured fish, used in China for catching fish.
a greedy person.
Origin of cormorant
1300-50; Middle English cormera(u)nt < Middle French cormorant, Old French cormareng < Late Latin corvus marīnus sea-raven. See corbel, marine Unabridged
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  • It was a horrible, a brutal business, a thing he had not foreseen on board the cormorant.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • The birds comprise a darter, a cormorant, a guillemot, and a penguin.

  • Law is a bottomless pit; it is a cormorant, a harpy, that devours everything.

    The History of John Bull John Arbuthnot
  • For a few seconds the skipper of the cormorant could not utter a word.

    The Lively Poll R.M. Ballantyne
  • In another part of that fleet, not far distant, floated the cormorant.

    The Lively Poll R.M. Ballantyne
  • At one place on the coast of Japan there is cormorant fishing.

    An Ohio Woman in the Philippines Emily Bronson Conger
  • The egg of the cormorant is but little larger than that of a pigeon.

  • As they spoke a cormorant dived in front of them beneath the water.

    Tommy Tregennis

    Mary Elizabeth Phillips
  • It is true we agreed to say nothing about it before this cormorant.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
  • The Spectacled or Pallas's cormorant is one of the rarest of all birds.

    Extinct Birds Walter Rothschild
British Dictionary definitions for cormorant


any aquatic bird of the family Phalacrocoracidae, of coastal and inland waters, having a dark plumage, a long neck and body, and a slender hooked beak: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, etc)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French cormareng, from corp raven, from Latin corvus + -mareng of the sea, from Latin mare sea
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Word Origin and History for cormorant

early 14c., from Old French cormarenc (12c., Modern French cormoran), from Late Latin corvus marinus "sea raven" + Germanic suffix -enc, -ing. The -t in English probably is from confusion with words in -ant. It has a reputation for voracity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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