cormorant

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

Definition of cormorant

  1. 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. 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


First Known Use: 14th century


CORMORANT Defined for English Language Learners

cormorant

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

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

cormorant

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noun cor·mo·rant \ˈkȯr-mə-rənt\

Definition of cormorant for Students

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



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