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cormorant

noun cor·mo·rant \ˈkrm-rənt, ˈkr-mə-, ˈkr-mə-ˌrant\

: a type of dark-colored bird that has a long neck and that eats fish that it catches in the ocean

Full Definition of CORMORANT

1
:  any of various dark-colored web-footed waterbirds (family Phalacrocoracidae, especially genus Phalacrocorax) that have a long neck, hooked bill, and distensible throat pouch
2
:  a gluttonous, greedy, or rapacious person
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Examples of CORMORANT

  1. <Diamond Jim Brady was perhaps the most celebrated cormorant of the Gilded Age.>

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Origin of CORMORANT

Middle English cormeraunt, from Middle French cormorant, from Old French cormareng, from corp raven + marenc of the sea, from Latin marinus — more at corbel, marine
First Known Use: 14th century
CORMORANT Defined for Kids

cormorant

noun cor·mo·rant \ˈkr-mə-rənt\

Definition of CORMORANT for Kids

:  a black seabird with webbed feet, a long neck, and a slender hooked beak

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