- any of a family (Phalacrocoracidae) of large, voracious, pelecaniform diving birds with webbed toes and a hooked beak
- a greedy person
Origin of cormorantMiddle English cormoraunt from Old French cormareng from corp marenc from Classical Latin corvus marinus from corvus, raven + marinus, marine
- Any of several large, widely distributed marine diving birds of the genus Phalacrocorax, having dark plumage, webbed feet, and a slender hooked bill.
- A greedy, rapacious person.
Origin of cormorantMiddle English cormoraunt from Old French cormorant probably corp raven ; see corbel . marenc of the sea ( later attested in dialectal French (Sark) pie marange oystercatcher, literally magpie of the sea ) ( and ultimately from Latin mare sea ; see mori- in Indo-European roots.) perhaps influenced by Breton mor sea ( as in morvran cormorant, literally raven of the sea )
From Old French cormaran (modern cormoran), from Medieval Latin corvus marinus ‘sea-raven’.