pl. -·nets or -·net
any of a genus (Morus, family Sulidae) of pelecaniform birds; esp., a white, gooselike, web-footed bird (M. bassanus) that breeds on cliffs along the N Atlantic coasts
Origin of gannetMiddle English ganat ; from Old English ganot, solan goose, literally , a gander, akin to Dutch gent, Old High German ganazzo, gander: for Indo-European base see goose
Any of several large seabirds of the genus Morus, especially M. bassanus of the North Atlantic, having a pointed bill and tail, long wings, and white plumage with black wingtips. Also called solan.
Origin of gannetMiddle English ganet, from Old English ganot; see ghans- in Indo-European roots.
- any of three species of large seabird in the genus Morus, of the family Sulidae. They have black and white bodies and long pointed wings, and hunt for fish by plunge diving and pursuing their prey underwater.
- (UK) a voracious eater; a glutton.
- (UK) a person who flocks towards food whenever it is put out.