cormorant

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English[edit]

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A cormorant

Etymology[edit]

From Old French cormaran (modern cormoran), from Medieval Latin corvus marinus ‘sea-raven’.

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Noun[edit]

cormorant (plural cormorants)

  1. Any of various medium-large black seabirds of the family Phalacrocoracidae, especially the great cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo.
  2. A voracious eater; a glutton.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)

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Adjective[edit]

cormorant (comparative more cormorant, superlative most cormorant)

  1. Ravenous, greedy.
    • William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, Act I, Scene 1
      Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives,
      Live regist'red upon our brazen tombs,
      And then grace us in the disgrace of death;
      When, spite of cormorant devouring Time,
      The endeavour of this present breath may buy
      That honour which shall bate his scythe's keen edge,
      And make us heirs of all eternity.

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