Definition of cormorant in English:


Line breaks: cor|mor¦ant
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːm(ə)r(ə)nt


  • A rather large diving bird with a long neck, long hooked bill, short legs, and mainly dark plumage. It typically breeds on coastal cliffs.
    • Genus Phalacrocorax (and Nannopterum), family Phalacrocoracidae: numerous species, in particular the widespread (great) cormorant (P. carbo)
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    • 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.


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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