Definition of solan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsōlən/
(also solan goose)


The northern gannet. See gannet (sense 1).
Example sentences
  • Known locally as solan geese, gannets are Britain's biggest seabird, having a wingspan of up to six feet.
  • The main body of the solan geese build on the West Craigs, although a number build also on the Main Craigs; while the guillemots and razorbills seem to confine themselves to the West.
  • The wildlife includes otters, seals, salmon and trout and well over 200 different species of birds such as red-throated divers, corncrake, solan geese and a few pairs of golden eagles.


Late Middle English: probably from Old Norse súla 'gannet' + and- 'duck'.

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Syllabification: so·lan

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