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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several large seabirds of the genus Morus, especially M. bassanus of the North Atlantic, having a pointed bill and tail, long wings, and white plumage with black wingtips.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The solan-goose, Sula bassana, a large totipalmate swimming bird of the family Sulidæ and order Steganopodes.
  • noun plural The birds of the family Sulidæ; the boobies, of which there are several species, of the genera Sula and Dysporus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of several species of sea birds of the genus Sula, allied to the pelicans.
  • noun See Sula.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun any of three species of large seabird in the genus Morus, of the family Sulidae. They have black and white bodies and long pointed wings, and hunt for fish by plunge diving and pursuing their prey underwater.
  • noun UK a voracious eater; a glutton.
  • noun UK a person who flocks towards food whenever it is put out.

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

  • noun large heavily built seabird with a long stout bill noted for its plunging dives for fish

Etymologies

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

[Middle English ganet, from Old English ganot; see ghans- in Indo-European roots.]

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Old English ganot, from Proto-Germanic *ganataz (“gander”). Cognate with Dutch gent.

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