• WordNet 3.6
    • n cormorant large voracious dark-colored long-necked seabird with a distensible pouch for holding fish; used in Asia to catch fish
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cormorant A voracious eater; a glutton, or gluttonous servant.
    • Cormorant (Zoöl) Any species of Phalacrocorax, a genus of sea birds having a sac under the beak; the shag. Cormorants devour fish voraciously, and have become the emblem of gluttony. They are generally black, and hence are called sea ravens, and coalgeese.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cormorant A large totipalmate swimming and diving bird of the family Phalacrocoracidæ (which see for technical characters). There are about 25 species, of all parts of the world, much resembling one another, and all usually comprised in the single genus Phalacrocorax. They are mostly maritime, but some inhabit fresh waters; they are gregarious, and in the breeding season some species congregate by thousands to breed on rocky ledges over the sea, or in swamps, building a rude bulky nest, and laying from 1 to 3 whole-colored greenish eggs coated with a white chalky substance. Their principal food is flsh, and their voracity is proverbial. The common cormorant of America, Europe, and Asia, Phalacrocorax carbo, which may be taken as the type of the whole, is about 3 feet long and 5 in extent, with a heavy body, long sinuous neck, a stout hooked bill about as long as the head, a naked gular pouch, stout strong wings, and 14 stiff tail-feathers denuded to the bases. The color is lustrous black, bronzed on the back, where the feathers have black edges; the feet are black; in the breeding season there is a white flank-patch; and on the head are scattered white thready plumes. The same or a similar species is domesticated by the Chinese and Japanese and taught to flsh. A smaller species, the crested cormorant, P. cristatus, is found in Europe, and is known as the shag, a name also used for cormorants at large. The commonest North American species is the double-crested cormorant, P. dilophus, having only 12 tail-feathers (the number usual in the genus), the gular sac convex behind, and a crest on each side of the head. The Florida cormorant, which breeds by thousands in the mangrove swamps, is a variety of the last. On the Pacific coast of the United States several other species occur, as the violet-green cormorant (P. violaceus), the red-faced (P. bicristatus), the tufted (P. penicillatus), and others. The Mexican cormorant, P. mexicanus, is a small species which extends into the United States. A few species are largely white, and others are spotted.
    • n cormorant A greedy fellow; a glutton.
    • n cormorant A very avaricious person; a miser; a curmudgeon.
    • cormorant Having the qualities of a cormorant; greedy; rapacious; insatiable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cormorant kor′mo-rant a genus of web-footed sea-birds, of great voracity: a glutton.
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  • John Arbuthnot
    John Arbuthnot
    “Law is a Bottomless-Pit, it is a Cormorant, a Harpy, that devours every thing.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cormoran, fr. Armor. mōr-vran, a sea raven; mōr, sea + bran, raven, with cor, equiv. to L. corvus, raven, pleonastically prefixed; or perh. fr. L. corvus marinus, sea raven
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. cormoran, from L. corvus marinus, the sea-crow.


In literature:

Why, what a cormorant in love am I!
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
You can make fine omelet from the eggs of eiders, gulls, puffins and cormorants.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
Eagles watched them with icy gray eyes from its summit, and the slow cormorant, and the sad sea-gulls.
"Jan Vedder's Wife" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
He was better acquainted with the buoys in the channels than the cormorants who make them their resting-places.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
The former officer commanded the ship Cormorant in 1782.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
They stood like peering cormorants at the cliff's edge.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
Fishing birds, kingfishers, gulls, pelicans, and cormorants, especially the trained cormorants of China, are of interest.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
The Tibetans stood on the roofs of their houses like a row of cormorants, and watched the doolie pass underneath.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler
His face was pale, his cheek bones stood high, and his eyes were like the eyes of a cormorant.
"The Bondman" by Hall Caine
Better go without your dinner, I thought, than be thus everlastingly fishing for it like a cormorant.
"Cape Cod" by Henry D. Thoreau

In poetry:

My name is Nunty Cormorant
And my finance is sound,
I lend you Englishmen hot air
At one and three the pound.
"Safe And Sound" by Ezra Pound
Peace is the heir of dead desire,
Whether abundance killed the cormorant
In a happy hour, or sleep or death
Drowned him deep in dreamy waters,
Peace is the ashes of that fire,
The heir of that king, the inn of that journey.
"Suicide's Stone" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

Lake Cormorant ends Long Beach volleyball reign.
Besides the many flocks of Canada geese and tundra swans we observe traveling in V or wedge-shaped formations, other species of swans, geese, ducks, cormorants, shorebirds, and gulls also regularly arrange themselves in that pattern.
Primordial, While Heaven Wept , Cormorant.
Yunnan , China: Thousand Lion Mountain, cormorant fishing and yak cheese.
Yunnan , China: Thousand Lion Mountain, cormorant fishing, more.
In Yunnan province, you can experience ancient traditions like cormorant fishing in a landscape of mountains and mist.
In Yunnan province , you can experience ancient traditions like cormorant fishing in a landscape of mountains and mist.
Mich DNR wants feds to allow more cormorant kills.
Blake 's face told the story of the Chargers' 26-19 win over Lake Cormorant Friday night.
A Cormorant helicopter is shown in a file photo.
There are very few places in the world where you can see the spectacle of Cormorant fishing.
In what seemed like an instant, the skies filled with great blue herons , frigatebirds, wood storks, ospreys and cormorants, which all took their places along the freshwater marsh and hardwood hammocks.
Cormorant control program canceled along north shore of Lake Michigan.
There was to be an expansion of the cormorant control program to take place this spring and summer along the northern shore of Lake Michigan.
Pelican and cormorant excrement is causing a foul stench at La Jolla Cove, which has worsened during the past six months.