gannet

[ gan-it ]

noun
  1. any large, web-footed, seabird of the family Sulidae, having a sharply pointed bill, long wings, and a wedge-shaped tail, noted for its plunging dives for fish.

Origin of gannet

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English ganot; akin to Dutch gentgander

Words Nearby gannet

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How to use gannet in a sentence

  • In the evening we saw a gannet; and the clouds remained so fixed in the west that I had little doubt of our being near the land.

  • Paul Pringle, the boatswain, had command of another boat, and a mate and midshipman of the gannet had charge of the other two.

    True Blue | W.H.G. Kingston
  • Still the gannet, it was soon seen, sailed faster than she did, and Guadaloupe was scarcely visible on the horizon.

    True Blue | W.H.G. Kingston
  • The gannet cliffs are on the east side of Bonaventure, and are exposed to the full force of the sea.

  • There was a pile of canvas which had been dropped here by the bateau men on their way to gannet Island that forenoon.

    Wyn's Camping Days | Amy Bell Marlowe

British Dictionary definitions for gannet

gannet

/ (ˈɡænɪt) /


noun
  1. any of several heavily built marine birds of the genus Morus (or Sula), having a long stout bill and typically white plumage with dark markings: family Sulidae, order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc): See also booby (def. 3)

  2. slang a gluttonous or greedy person

Origin of gannet

1
Old English ganot; related to Old High German gannazzo gander

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