from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several large, widely distributed marine diving birds of the genus Phalacrocorax, having dark plumage, webbed feet, a slender hooked bill, and a distensible pouch.
- n. A greedy, rapacious person.
- adj. Greedy; rapacious.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various medium-large black seabirds of the family Phalacrocoracidae, especially the great cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo.
- n. A voracious eater; a glutton.
- adj. Ravenous, greedy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A voracious eater; a glutton, or gluttonous servant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large totipalmate swimming and diving bird of the family Phalacrocoracidæ (which see for technical characters).
- n. A greedy fellow; a glutton.
- n. A very avaricious person; a miser; a curmudgeon.
- Having the qualities of a cormorant; greedy; rapacious; insatiable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large voracious dark-colored long-necked seabird with a distensible pouch for holding fish; used in Asia to catch fish
Middle English cormoraunt, from Old French cormorant : corp, raven; see corbel + marenc, of the sea (from Latin marīnus; see marine).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cormaran (modern cormoran), from mediaeval Latin corvus marinus ‘sea-raven’. (Wiktionary)