Cormorant definition

kôrmər-ənt, -mə-rănt
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A greedy, rapacious person.
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Greedy; rapacious.
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A greedy person.
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Any of several large, widely distributed marine diving birds of the genus Phalacrocorax, having dark plumage, webbed feet, and a slender hooked bill.
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Any of a family (Phalacrocoracidae) of large, voracious, pelecaniform diving birds with webbed toes and a hooked beak.
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Any of various medium-large black seabirds of the family Phalacrocoracidae, especially the great cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cormorant
Plural:
cormorants

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’.

    From Wiktionary