Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • See brongie.

    May 10, 2011

  • one of Gargantua's experimental wipebreeches

    May 21, 2009

  • Oh, don't worry--I wasn't directing that comment at you, Jingle. :-)

    March 17, 2009

  • lol; maybe you're right, reesetee...Don't look at me, though! It was dictionary.com, I tell you! (They're prejudice against Phalacrocoracidae).

    March 17, 2009

  • Unfair to cormorants!

    March 17, 2009

  • 2. A gluttonous, greedy, or rapacious person. (from Dictionary.com)

    March 17, 2009