Definition of gannet in English:

gannet

Line breaks: gan¦net
Pronunciation: /ˈganɪt
 
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noun

  • 1A large seabird with mainly white plumage, which catches fish by plunging into the water.
    • Genus Morus (or Sula), family Sulidae: three species, in particular the northern gannet (M. bassanus) of the North Atlantic (also called solan goose)
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    • Here, you can watch seabirds such as gannets and puffins up close - or stay inside and watch live videos, using remote control television cameras, from the nearby seabird colonies.
    • While there are few wild animals in Iceland, there is abundant birdlife - ducks, geese and, among the many sea-birds I spotted, petrels, puffins, tern, gannets, skuas and shearwaters.
    • Usually you can expect to see great numbers of pelagic birds - gannets, shearwaters, jaegers, storm-petrels, alcids - that live mainly at sea.
  • 2British informal A greedy person.
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    • Do you find yourself saying "I shouldn't eat that, but I'm such a gannet that I'm going to"?

Origin

Old English ganot, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gent 'gander', also to gander.

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