Gannet definition

gănĭt
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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.
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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.
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(UK) A voracious eater; a glutton.
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(UK) A person who flocks towards food whenever it is put out.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gannet
Plural:
gannets

Origin of gannet

  • Middle English ganet from Old English ganot ghans- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English ganot, from Proto-Germanic *ganataz (“gander”). Cognate with Dutch gent.

    From Wiktionary