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
- n. Any of several wild geese, of the genus Branta, that breed in the Arctic, but especially the brent goose, Branta bernicla.
- adj. Steep, precipitous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of wild goose (Branta bernicla) -- called also brent and brand goose. The name is also applied to other related species.
- adj. Steep.
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
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)