Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several small, dark wild geese of the genus Branta that breed in Arctic regions, especially B. bernicla, having a black neck and head.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Steep, precipitous.
  • n. Any of several wild geese, of the genus Branta, that breed in the Arctic, but especially the brent goose, Branta bernicla.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Steep.
  • n. A species of wild goose (Branta bernicla) -- called also brent and brand goose. The name is also applied to other related species.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Steep; precipitous.
  • n. Same as brent-goose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small dark geese that breed in the north and migrate southward

Etymologies

Variant of brent(-goose), possibly from Middle English brende, brindled; see brindled.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain but similar to Old Norse brandgas (sheldrake). (Wiktionary)
From Old EnglishOld English brant. Cognate with Scots brent, Icelandic brattr. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Yes," they replied, at once; for the brant is a bird of a very obliging disposition.

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  • a part of their wings black and much larger than the Grey brant which is a Sise larger than a Duck.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806

  • Written questions are welcome at any time before the meeting, please submit to brant. petrick@gsa.gov.

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  • Etymology: Middle English braundisshen, from Anglo-French brandiss-, stem of brandir, from brant, braund sword, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English brand

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  • I saw the usual assortment of indistinguishable scoters, some oldsquaws, a small flock of brant, and a northern gannet.

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  • This is particularly true of the Teshekpuk Lake area, where many thousands of birds, including spectacled eiders, yellow-billed loons, snow geese, Pacific black brant, and tundra swans, all nest and in some cases take advantage of the area's remoteness to molt.

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  • Yesterday's birding at Colt State Park in Rhode Island yielded two sure signs of winter: horned larks and brant.

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  • A flock of brant hung out for most of the morning too, moving back and forth from Bar Head to Emerson Rocks and back.

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  • It is a fictional goose, loosely based on Canada/brant/emperor but realistically reliant on the coastal salt marshes of the Bering Strait and Chukchi area of NW Alaska.

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