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noun cor·mo·rant \ ˈkȯrm-rənt , ˈkȯr-mə- , ˈkȯr-mə-ˌrant \

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

Examples of cormorant in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology 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

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CORMORANT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of cormorant for English Language Learners

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


CORMORANT Defined for Kids

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noun cor·mo·rant \ ˈkȯr-mə-rənt \

Definition of cormorant for Students

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


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