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cormorant

[kawr-mer-uh nt] /ˈkɔr mər ənt/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a greedy person.
Origin of cormorant
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English cormera(u)nt < Middle French cormorant, Old French cormareng < Late Latin corvus marīnus sea-raven. See corbel, marine
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  • As the Hornet came to anchor the cormorant saluted her, and she replied instantly.

  • The birds comprise a darter, a cormorant, a guillemot, and a penguin.

  • There Hoori had built a hut roofed with cormorant feathers, and there in due season she gave birth to a son.

    Myths & Legends of Japan F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • The egg of the cormorant is but little larger than that of a pigeon.

  • Upon the coast the favourite breeding resorts of the cormorant are ranges of lofty cliffs, and small low islands and reefs.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • It is true we agreed to say nothing about it before this cormorant.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
  • The rock is named from its usual frequenters, the kite, hawk, and cormorant showing up in large numbers on the face.

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

    Extinct Birds Walter Rothschild
  • And almost before he had reached land, the old one came to him, and the cormorant skeleton was taken out of the kayak.

  • Yet in New Zealand there exist no fewer than fourteen other species of cormorant.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for cormorant

cormorant

/ˈkɔːmərənt/
noun
1.
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
n.

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.

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