Definition of cormorant in English:

cormorant

Syllabification: cor·mo·rant
Pronunciation: /ˈkôrmərənt
 
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noun

A large diving bird with a long neck, long hooked bill, short legs, and mainly dark plumage. It typically breeds on coastal cliffs and is noted for its voracious appetite.
  • Genus Phalacrocorax (and Nannopterum), family Phalacrocoracidae: numerous species, in particular the widespread great (or European) cormorant (P. carbo) and the North American double-crested cormorant (P. auritus)
More example sentences
  • We were extremely fortunate that the cormorants were in breeding plumage.
  • The double-crested cormorant is a black bird with a long neck, long bill, hooked on the end, and long tail.
  • Ducks, coots, teals, terns, gulls, cormorants, waders, egrets, plovers and herons are some of the birds that assemble here.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French cormaran, from medieval Latin corvus marinus 'sea raven'. The final -t is on the pattern of words such as peasant.

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