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solan

[soh-luh n]
noun
  1. a gannet.
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Origin of solan

1400–50; late Middle English soland < Old Norse sūla gannet + ǫnd duck
Also called solan goose.
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Examples from the Web for solan

Historical Examples

  • The Solan had been driven upon the Quarr rocks, and she was a total wreck.

    Jan Vedder's Wife

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • How could he expect a blessing on a boat bought as he had bought The Solan?

    Jan Vedder's Wife

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • It might be a diver or a solan goose with outspread wings, but it looked too large.

  • In severe winters, flocks of solan geese, locally denominated "barnacles," frequent the shores.

  • On the same authority I learn that a Solan goose, or gannet, has been known to visit this stream.

    A Cotswold Village

    J. Arthur Gibbs


British Dictionary definitions for solan

solan

solan goose

noun
  1. an archaic name for the gannet
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Word Origin

C15 soland, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse sūla gannet, ōnd duck
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