Cormorant

Cor"mo*rant

(kr"m*rnt), n. [F. cormoran, fr. Armor. mr-vran a sea raven; mr sea + bran raven, with cor, equiv. to L. corvus raven, pleonastically prefixed; or perh. fr. L. corvus marinus sea raven.] 1. (Zol.) 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.
[Written also corvorant.]

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2. A voracious eater; a glutton, or gluttonous servant. B. Jonson.
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