- 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
Examples from the Web for cormorant
Historical Examples of cormorant
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
For a few seconds the skipper of the Cormorant could not utter a word.
In another part of that fleet, not far distant, floated the 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 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.