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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cormorant  \Cor"mo*rant\  (k[^o]r"m[-o]*rant),  n.  [F.  cormoran, 
  fr  Armor.  m[=o]r-vran  a  sea  raven;  m[=o]r  sea  +  bran  raven, 
  with  cor,  equiv.  to  L.  corvus  raven,  pleonastically  prefixed; 
  or  perh.  fr  L.  corvus  marinus  sea  raven.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  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}.] 
 
  2.  A  voracious  eater;  a  glutton,  or  gluttonous  servant.  --B. 
  Jonson 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cormorant 
  n  :  large  voracious  dark-colored  long-necked  seabird  with  a 
  distensible  pouch  for  holding  fish;  used  in  Asia  to  catch 
  fish  [syn:  {Phalacrocorax  carbo}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Cormorant 
  (Lev.  11:17;  Deut.  14:17),  Heb.  shalak,  "plunging,"  or  "darting 
  down,"  (the  Phalacrocorax  carbo),  ranked  among  the  unclean" 
  birds;  of  the  same  family  group  as  the  pelican.  It  is  a 
  plunging"  bird,  and  is  common  on  the  coasts  and  the  island  seas 
  of  Palestine.  Some  think  the  Hebrew  word  should  be  rendered 
  gannet"  (Sula  bassana  "the  solan  goose");  others  that  it  is 
  the  tern"  or  "sea  swallow,"  which  also  frequents  the  coasts  of 
  Palestine  as  well  as  the  Sea  of  Galilee  and  the  Jordan  valley 
  during  several  months  of  the  year.  But  there  is  no  reason  to 
  depart  from  the  ordinary  rendering. 
 
  In  Isa.  34:11,  Zeph.  2:14  (but  in  R.V.,  "pelican")  the  Hebrew 
  word  rendered  by  this  name  is  _ka'ath_.  It  is  translated 
  pelican"  (q.v.)  in  Ps  102:6.  The  word  literally  means  the 
  "vomiter,"  and  the  pelican  is  so  called  from  its  vomiting  the 
  shells  and  other  things  which  it  has  voraciously  swallowed.  (See  {PELICAN}.) 
 




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