\ ˈbrant How to pronounce brant (audio) \
plural brant or brants

Definition of brant

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a small goose (Branta bernicla) about the size of a mallard having a black head, neck, and chest


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\ ˈbrant How to pronounce Brant (audio) \

Definition of Brant (Entry 2 of 3)

Joseph 1742–1807 Thayendanegea Mohawk Indian chief


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Definition of Brant (Entry 3 of 3)

city in southeastern Ontario, Canada population 35,638

Examples of brant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cape Cod: Highlights included a continuing summering brant and a little blue heron at Forest Beach in Chatham., 7 Aug. 2021 On Cape Cod, highlights included a summering brant and a little blue heron at Forest Beach in Chatham, a black skimmer in Dennis, and an American golden-plover and a seaside sparrow at Nauset Marsh in Eastham., 31 July 2021 The Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is breeding ground for nearly all of the world’s Pacific black brant geese and is home to other rare and threatened waterfowl populations. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Mar. 2020 At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge there was a brant, four least bitterns, a little blue heron, a glossy ibis, and five purple finches., 7 July 2018 But during their journey York carried a gun and regularly managed to shoot buffalo, deer, geese and brant to feed the party. Shoshi Parks, Smithsonian, 8 Mar. 2018 In spring and fall, nearly the entire global population of emperor and Pacific black brant geese consume the refuge's eelgrass. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Jan. 2018 In spring and fall, nearly all of the world’s population of emperor and Pacific black brant geese stop to devour the refuge’s eelgrass beds for sustenance. Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2017 But now the future of the brant that breed in the Y-K Delta is clouded. Yereth Rosen, Alaska Dispatch News, 31 July 2017

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First Known Use of brant


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brant


Middle English brand gos

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“Brant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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