cor·mo·rant (kôrmər-ənt, -mə-rănt′)
1. Any of several large, widely distributed marine diving birds of the genus Phalacrocorax, having dark plumage, webbed feet, and a slender hooked bill.
2. A greedy, rapacious person.
[Middle English cormoraunt, from Old French cormorant : probably corp, raven; see CORBEL + *marenc, of the sea (later attested in dialectal French (Sark) pie marange, oystercatcher, literally magpie of the sea, and ultimately from Latin mare, sea; see mori- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots), perhaps influenced by Breton mor, sea (as in morvran, cormorant, literally raven of the sea).]
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