gannet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gannet large heavily built seabird with a long stout bill noted for its plunging dives for fish
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gannet (Zoöl) One of several species of sea birds of the genus Sula, allied to the pelicans.☞ The common gannet of Europe and America (Sula bassana), is also called solan goose chandel goose, and gentleman. In Florida the wood ibis is commonly called gannet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gannet The solan-goose, Sula bassana, a large totipalmate swimming bird of the family Sulidæ and order Steganopodes. It is about 3 feet long and 6 feet in stretch of wings, and of a white color tinged with amber-yellow on the head, with black primaries. It inhabits the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America, feeds on fish, which it catches by pouncing down upon them from on high, and congregates in vast numbers to breed in certain rocky places on the seacoast. It is a strong flier, but is not found far from land. Some of the principal breeding-places are the Hebrides, St. Kilda, Ailsa Craig, and the Bass Rock, on the European coast, and the “Gannet Rock,” in the gulf of St. Lawrence. The fiesh is rank, but the young are sometimes eaten, and the old birds are taken in numbers for their feathers.
    • n gannet plural The birds of the family Sulidæ; the boobies, of which there are several species, of the genera Sula and Dysporus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gannet gan′et a web-footed fowl found in the northern seas, the best-known of which is the solan goose.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gant, AS. ganet, ganot, a sea fowl, a fen duck; akin to D. gent, gander, OHG. ganazzo,. See Gander Goose
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ganot, a sea-fowl; Dut. gent.

Usage

In literature:

Among them were numerous beautiful tropic-birds, sooty terns, and gannets.
"Twice Lost" by W.H.G. Kingston
It could not be otherwise, the gannets had led us to their old haunts.
"The Little Savage" by Captain Frederick Marryat
On the lowest of the dead boughs, the gannets, and other sea-birds, had built their nests in numbers uncountable.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Among the living lay the mangled corpses of yesterday's hunt, and over each fought and feasted a host of gannets, sea-gulls, and cormorants.
"Adrift in the Ice-Fields" by Charles W. Hall
During the following days a large number of birds, such as gannets, sea-swallows, and tropic-birds, flew around the caravels.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
In size and colour they much resemble the ordinary gannet of our cold northern seas.
"Rídan The Devil And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
One of them brought a gannet which he had just killed, on board, and the hole made by the arrow could easily be seen.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The same mercy is by no means shown to the gannet.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
At eleven A. M. we drew near to Gannet Rocks.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
Like the rest of the Gannets, this one is stupid and will often remain on the nest until removed with the hand, merely hissing at the intruder.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
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In poetry:

Sand abraded the milkless lip.
Cried then for the father's blood
Who set wasp, wolf and shark to work,
Engineered the gannet's beak.
"I Want, I Want" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

In late fall and winter, look for Harlequin Duck, King Eider, Pacific Loon, Northern Gannet, and other seabirds at the northern tip of the Cape Ann peninsula, 50 miles northeast of Boston.
Tim Zimmermann gets the scoop from Webb Chiles on his latest circumnavigation dream, which he plans to sail on board the Moore 24 Gannet.
Revell's new kit has nice recessed detail, and the parts breakdown indicates future versions of the Gannet will be forthcoming.
"We'll spot gannets dropping and haul ass," says Blythe.
A Cape Gannet breeding colony at Bird Island Nature Reserve near Lamberts Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.
Look for gannets diving anywhere along the coast.
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