Other Word Forms
Origin of cormorant
- Middle English cormoraunt from Old French cormorant probably corp raven 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 mori- in Indo-European roots) perhaps influenced by Breton mor sea (as in morvran cormorant, literally raven of the sea)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French cormaran (modern cormoran), from Medieval Latin corvus marinus ‘sea-raven’.