gannet

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noun gan·net \ˈga-nət\

Definition of gannet

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gannets

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gannet

  1. :  any of a genus (Morus of the family Sulidae, the gannet family) of large fish-eating seabirds that breed in colonies chiefly on offshore islands

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There are three oceanic bird species called gannet. They are found in the North Atlantic, where they are the largest seabirds, and in temperate seas around Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The adults are mainly white with black-tipped wing feathers and a large, yellowish or buff-colored head, with black around the eyes. They have a tapered beak and pointed tail. They dive with half-closed wings to catch fish and squid. They waddle on land, but are expert fliers, spending most of their lives over water. They nest in dense colonies on cliffs. The largest species is the 40-in (100-cm) northern gannet.

Origin and Etymology of gannet

Middle English ganet, from Old English ganot; akin to Old English gōs goose


First Known Use: before 12th century


GANNET Defined for English Language Learners

gannet

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noun gan·net \ˈga-nət\

Definition of gannet for English Language Learners

  • : a large ocean bird that eats fish


GANNET Defined for Kids

gannet

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noun gan·net \ˈga-nət\

Definition of gannet for Students

  1. :  a large bird that eats fish and spends much time far from land


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