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cormorant

[ kawr-mer-uhnt ]
/ ˈkɔr mər ənt /
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noun

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.

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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

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British Dictionary definitions for cormorant

cormorant
/ (ˈkɔːmərənt) /

noun

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

C13: from Old French cormareng, from corp raven, from Latin corvus + -mareng of the sea, from Latin mare sea
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