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meri (sea) +‎ metso (wood grouse, capercaillie)


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  1. Any bird of the family Phalacrocoracidae (the cormorant family). The individual species in this family are either cormorants or shags by their English common name.
  2. A great cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo (type species of the cormorant family)

Usage notes[edit]

The great cormorant is the only species of cormorant that is native to Finland, which explains why the family and species have exactly same common name. Other species of cormorant have a specifier in their name, e.g. kaislamerimetso (long-tailed cormorant, Microcarbo africanus (syn. Phalacrocorax africanus)) or partamerimetso (spotted shag, Phalacrocorax punctatus). The only exception to this naming pattern is karimetso (European shag, Phalacrocorax aristotelis), an occasional visitor in Finland.


Inflection of merimetso (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative merimetso merimetsot
genitive merimetson merimetsojen
partitive merimetsoa merimetsoja
illative merimetsoon merimetsoihin
singular plural
nominative merimetso merimetsot
accusative nom. merimetso merimetsot
gen. merimetson
genitive merimetson merimetsojen
partitive merimetsoa merimetsoja
inessive merimetsossa merimetsoissa
elative merimetsosta merimetsoista
illative merimetsoon merimetsoihin
adessive merimetsolla merimetsoilla
ablative merimetsolta merimetsoilta
allative merimetsolle merimetsoille
essive merimetsona merimetsoina
translative merimetsoksi merimetsoiksi
instructive merimetsoin
abessive merimetsotta merimetsoitta
comitative merimetsoineen

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