- 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.
Origin of brant
1535–45; short for brantgoose, brentgoose; akin to Old Norse brandgās, German Brandgans
Also called brant goose; especially British, brent, brent goose.
Also called brent goose.
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- a small goose, Branta bernicla, that has a dark grey plumage and short neck and occurs in most northern coastal regionsAlso called: brent, (esp US and Canadian) brant
C16: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse brandgās sheldrake
- US and Canadian a small goose, Branta bernicla, that has a dark grey plumage and short neck and occurs in most northern coastal regionsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): brent goose
- a borough of NW Greater London. Pop: 267 800 (2003 est). Area: 44 sq km (17 sq miles)
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