[ soh-luhn ]

  1. a gannet.

Origin of solan

1400–50; late Middle English soland<Old Norse sūla gannet + ǫnd duck
  • Also called solan goose . Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use solan in a sentence

  • Here the solan-goose, the eider-duck, and innumerable varieties of gulls and other sea-fowl, build their nests and breed.

    The Land of Thor | J. Ross Browne
  • The splendid solan-goose, sora, wild ducks, and wild turkey were found in 1607 in even greater plenty than at the present day.

    The Birth of the Nation | Mrs. Roger A. Pryor
  • Gannet, gan′et, n. a web-footed fowl found in the northern seas, the best-known of which is the solan goose.

  • The Sula bassana, or solan goose: a large sea bird of the family Pelecanidæ, common on the Scottish coasts.

    The Sailor's Word-Book | William Henry Smyth
  • The flesh of the solan goose is deprived in a similar manner of its naturally rank and fishy flavour.

    Bible Animals; | J. G. Wood

British Dictionary definitions for solan


solan goose

/ (ˈsəʊlən) /

  1. an archaic name for the gannet

Origin of solan

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

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