cormorant

[ kawr-mer-uh nt ]
/ ˈkɔr mər ənt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. corm,
  2. cormack,
  3. cormack, allan macleod,
  4. cormel,
  5. cormophyte,
  6. corn,
  7. corn beef,
  8. corn belt,
  9. corn borer,
  10. corn bread

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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Word Origin and History for cormorant

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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