cormorant

noun
cor·​mo·​rant | \ ˈkȯrm-rənt How to pronounce cormorant (audio) , 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

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Examples of cormorant in a Sentence

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

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It was moored at the end of a long dock in a busy marina with views of rocks bristling with cormorants, seagulls screeching overhead, and a bevy of ducks that arrived each morning for their share of the toast. Tara Conklin, Vogue, "After Divorce, Floating Another Chance at Love," 6 Feb. 2019 His own love of birds got Vogt a job on the Chincha islands off Peru, where he was supposed to advise the company that owned cormorants on how to get them to increase production of the valuable fertilizer guano. Bill Mckibben, New York Times, "To Respect the Earth’s Limits — or Push Them?," 31 Jan. 2018 From his fishing boat, early on a recent morning, Mr. Diagne pointed to what was left of his former village: a few ruins on the shore, and a sunken tree covered with cormorants that used to be in the town square. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, "‘Wrath of Coastal Erosion’ Is Devouring a Senegal Fishing Hub," 23 May 2018 Look out on the cliffs below the trail for breeding pelagic and Brandt’s cormorants, as well as the lonely northern gannet. Jill K. Robinson, SFChronicle.com, "5 places to spot birds in Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 But for Okeechobee County’s credit, the path offers a serene stretch to take in the expansive views and enjoy Florida’s avian population including bald eagles, cormorants, ibis, egret and more. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Okeechobee County: Tackling the Big O scenic trail," 6 May 2018 Visitors may spot snowy egrets, great blue herons, banded cormorants, wood storks, black vultures and anhingas – a.k.a. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gatorland becomes bird land, and photographers flock there," 7 Apr. 2018 Each day consists of 90-minute tours leaving 8-11 a.m. with Audubon docents to learn about (and spot) herons, egrets, osprey and cormorants, among others. San Francisco Chronicle, "Lake County events a blend of wine, wings and water," 3 Apr. 2018 Cruise among the ducks, geese, and cormorants, then walk the pond path before skipping over to Centre Street for imaginative cocktails and an intimate dinner at Ten Tables (reservations recommended). BostonGlobe.com, "30 great dates in Boston and beyond," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cormorant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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English Language Learners Definition of cormorant

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

cormorant

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cor·​mo·​rant | \ ˈkȯr-mə-rənt How to pronounce cormorant (audio) \

Kids Definition of cormorant

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

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