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Tuesday, December 19, 2000

Definitions for cormorant

  1. Any species of Phalacrocorax, a genus of sea birds having a sac under the beak; the shag. Cormorants devour fish voraciously, and have become the emblem of gluttony. They are generally black, and hence are called sea ravens, and coalgeese.
  2. A gluttonous, greedy, or rapacious person.

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Citations for cormorant
Coleridge was precocious and from the first displayed a voracious appetite for books. He later characterised himself as "a library cormorant." Kathleen Jones, A Passionate Sisterhood
Anthony regarded Northwick as a 'cormorant who was eating us up'. Richard Mullen, Contemporary Review
Origin of cormorant
Cormorant comes from Old French cormareng, "raven of the sea," from corb, "raven" (from Latin corvus) + marenc, "of the sea" (from Latin marinus, from mare, "sea").